Not all artists are getting "tricks" for Halloween. Among those getting nice treats:
Michael Jackson. If "Bad" doesn't sell another copy, its success to date has already established that the widely reported "backlash" to Jackson was greatly exaggerated. The album has been No. 1 for the past six straight weeks, and has generated back-to-back No. 1 singles.
Madonna. Nothing can stop That Girl. Madonna has cracked the Top 5 with 13 consecutive single releases--a total topped by only two artists in the rock era: Elvis (24) and the Beatles (15). The only danger sign: the fact that a lot of Madonna's hits sound alike. Madonna would do well to take some time off and come back with something new and different.
Grateful Dead. Twenty years after rising to fame, these veteran Bay Area rockers landed their first Top 10 album ("In the Dark") and their first Top 10 single ("Touch of Grey"). They'd had hit albums before, but their highest-charting single until now was "Truckin'," which peaked at No. 64 in 1971.