Heart’s ‘Brigade’ Marches On

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Heart’s “Brigade,” one of the year’s fastest-rising albums, is already No. 4 on the Billboard pop chart after just a month in release. It may be the next No. 1 album, possibly squeaking past the other strong candidate for the top spot, M.C. Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” (No. 2). Sinead O’Connor still tops both pop charts with her album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” and her single, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Other fast-rising albums: the “Pretty Woman” sound track (No. 11), Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet"(No. 12), Fleetwood Mac’s “Behind the Mask” (No. 22) and Suzanne Vega’s “Days of Open Hand” (No. 53).

* Johnny Gill, the balladeer who’s one of the New Edition stars, is making a big splash as a solo artist. After debuting last week at No. 100, his “Johnny Gill” album vaulted to No. 27.

Rank Rank 2 Weeks Title (Label) Last Week Weeks Ago on Chart 1. “I Do Not Want ... 1 1 6 Haven’t Got” Sinead O’Connor (Chrysalis) 2. “Please Hammer Don’t 4 6 10 Hurt ‘Em” M.C. Hammer (Capitol) 3. “Rhythm Nation 1814" 2 2 32 Janet Jackson (A&M;) 4. “Brigade” 8 14 4 Heart (Capitol) 5. “Soul Provider” 3 3 43 Michael Bolton (Columbia) * “Johnny Gill” 100 ... 2 Johnny Gill (Motown)