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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

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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