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Bon Jovi Bends the Metal Image--A Tactic That Puts Him on Top

December 26, 1987|ROBERT HILBURN

3. Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down."

4. Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

5. Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

6. Robbie Nevil's "C'est La Vie."

7. Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again."

8. Bruce Hornsby & the Range's "The Way It Is."

9. Bob Seger's "Shakedown."

10. Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."

Freddie Jackson's "Just Like the First Time" was declared the leading album on the black music charts, followed by Luther Vandross' "Give Me the Reason," Anita Baker's "Rapture," Cameo's "Word Up" and Janet Jackson's "Control."

The black music singles chart was topped by Vandross' "Stop to Love," followed by Atlantic Starr's "Always," Shirley Murdock's "As We Lay," Kool & the Gang's "Victory" and Janet Jackson's "Control."

Randy Travis' "Storms of Life" was followed on the country charts by George Strait's "Ocean Front Property," Restless Heart's "Wheels," Alabama's "The Touch" and Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc."

The leading country singles: Michael Johnson's "Give Me Wings," T.G. Shepard's "Half Past Forever," Reba McEntire's "What Am I Gonna Do About You," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Fishin' in the Dark" and Michael Johnson's "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."

Among jazz albums, Dexter Gordon's "The Other Side of Round Midnight" outscored Michael Brecker's "Michael Brecker," the "Round Midnight" sound track, Wynton Marsalis' "J Mood," and Branford Marsalis' "Royal Garden Blues."

The dance singles leaders: Debbie Gibson's "Only in My Dreams," Dead or Alive's "Brand New Lover," Company B's "Fascinated," Expose's "Come Go With Me" and Sylvester's "Someone Like You."

LIVE ACTION: Rush will be at the Forum on Feb. 5 with Tommy Shaw. Tickets go on sale today. . . . Michael Tomlinson headlines the Universal Amphitheatre on Jan. 30. Tickets go on sale Sunday.

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