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Alanis Ties For Highest-Selling Debut Ever

August 5, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (Maverick/Warner Bros.) and Garth Brooks' No Fences (Capitol Nashville) were both certified for U.S. sales of 16 million by the RIAA in July.

Morissette's 1995 bow is now tied with Boston's self-titled 1976 album as the best-selling debut of all time; the Morissette and Brooks albums are locked with the soundtrack for The Bodyguard as the top-selling album of the decade.

No Fences is the biggest country album of all time, according to the RIAA.

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