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Madonna Once Again Rules The World

March 21, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Madonna may have been unable to sink the Titanic for the second week in a row, but she's reigning on the charts around the globe.

Her latest album, Ray of Light, which debuted on March 3 to rave reviews, has sold a collective three million albums around the world. Madonna currently holds the coveted top spot in eight countries: Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Greece, Singapore, Finland and Great Britain.

Ray of Light held onto the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts in America with second week sales of 225,000 (bringing her two-week total to just under 600,000 copies sold in the States alone). In addition, Madonna sits at No. 2 in a number of countries, including Ireland, Sweden, France, Canada and Spain.

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