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Pop Album Chart : Barney Gains on Garth

In the race to see who debuts at No. 1 on the pop chart, Garth Brooks, with “In Pieces,” beat out Mariah Carey, whose “Music Box” entered at No. 2. But her album may wind up on top in the next few weeks because it features the No. 1 pop single (“Dream Lover”), which considerably enhances its appeal. Brooks, however, doesn’t need a hit pop single to sell albums. R&B; singer Toni Braxton’s self-titled first album continues to be one of the summer’s chart surprises. Boosted by her Top 10-bound-single “Another Sad Love Song,” her album moved up seven notches to No. 17. “Last Splash,” by alternative rockers the Breeders, entered at No. 46.

* The lovable purple dinosaur, a favorite with preschoolers, is making a big splash on the pop chart. Barney’s album wiped out most of the adult pop entries, entering the chart at No. 31.

Rank Rank 2 Weeks Last Weeks on the Week Ago Chart 1."In Pieces,” ... ... 1 Garth Brooks 2."Music Box,” ... ... 1 Mariah Carey 3."River of Dreams,” 1 1 4 Billy Joel 4."Blind Melon,” 3 5 9 Blind Melon 5."Sleepless in Seattle” 2 2 11 soundtrack 6."janet.,” 4 4 16 Janet Jackson 7."Core,” 6 6 37 Stone Temple Pilots 8."Black Sunday,” 5 3 7 Cypress Hill 9."Promises and Lies,” 8 8 6 UB40 10."The Bodyguard,” 7 9 42 soundtrack *"Barney’s Favorites ... ... 1 Vol. 1,” Barney

Source: Billboard/Soundscan

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