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Blige Holds Strong On Top Of Charts

May 2, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Chart news - The "queen of hip-hop," Mary J Blige, sits at the top of the charts with her fourth album, Share My World. The album, released only last week, has already sold 240,000 copies. Nashville stalwart George Strait was a distant second, selling 194,000 copies of his latest album, Carrying Your Love With Me. The Spice Girls grabbed the number three slot with Spice, and Notorious B.I.G. slipped to number four.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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