By EW Staff
Updated June 12, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Godzilla the movie may have stumbled in week 2, but Godzilla the soundtrack actually moved up in the world…if not quite to the heaven’s-eye-view heights of its competitor City of Angels. But it’s not necessarily the monsterfest itself driving record sales, since only a hearing aid could confirm that there are pop songs in the picture; credit alt-rock radio’s embrace of the Wallflowers’ stultifyingly faithful ”Heroes” cover for Godzilla’s leap from 140,000 copies to 148,000. Angels finally alighted on the top perch, putting 165,000 more units in mortal hands. With the Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain reentering the top 10, longevity counted too.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEK WEEKS ON CHART

1 2 SOUNDTRACK City of Angels, Warner Sunset/Reprise 9 2 4 SOUNDTRACK Godzilla, Sony Music Soundtrax 2 3 1 DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Def Jam/Mercury 2 4 6 GARTH BROOKS The Limited Series, Capitol 4 5 11 BACKSTREET BOYS Backstreet Boys, Jive 42 6 7 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Before These Crowded Streets, RCA 5 7 3 SPARKLE Sparkle, Rock Land/Interscope 2 8 9 VONDA SHEPARD Songs From Ally McBeal, 550 Music 4 9 14 SHANIA TWAIN Come On Over, Mercury 30 10 12 SOUNDTRACK Titanic, Sony Classical 25

R&B ALBUMS

1 1 DMX It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Def Jam/Mercury 2 2 2 SPARKLE Sparkle, Rock Land/Interscope 3 3 5 BIG PUNISHER Capital Punishment, Loud/RCA 6 4 3 EIGHTBALL Lost, Suave House/Universal 2 5 4 SOULJA SLIM Give It 2 ‘Em Raw, No Limit/Priority 4 6 9 JON B. COOL Relax, Yab Yum/550 Music 37 7 8 SOUNDTRACK Bulworth, Interscope 7 8 — MO THUGS FAMILY SCRIPTURES Chapter II: Family Reunion, Mo Thugs/Relativity 1 9 6 FIEND There’s One in Every Family, No Limit/Priority 5 10 7 VARIOUS ARTISTS Too Short Records: Nationwide, Short/Jive 2

CONCERTS

# OF TICKET SHOWS SALES

1 2 ELTON JOHN Boston $1,563,121 2 1 GEORGE STRAIT Denver $1,525,705 3 1 HFSTIVAL Washington, D.C. $1,492,775 4 4 GARTH BROOKS Louisville, Ky. $1,456,240 5 1 GEORGE STRAIT Provo, Utah $1,200,630 6 1 ERIC CLAPTON New Orleans $804,525 7 1 ERIC CLAPTON Houston $705,768 8 1 PAGE/PLANT Tampa $521,455 9 1 VAN HALEN Dallas $400,825 10 1 VAN HALEN Boston $363,730 (C)1998 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, JUNE 13, 1998. (C)1998 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM AMUSEMENT BUSINESS, JUNE 1, 1998.

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