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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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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

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