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Rimes Popularity Continues With Yet Another Offering

September 18, 1997

Concerns that LeAnn Rimes might be in danger of burning out her popularity by releasing too many albums in too short a time apparently were unfounded. The 15-year-old country star's third album in 14 months, "You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs," tops the national pop chart after selling nearly 186,000 copies during its first week in stores.

Last week's chart-topper, Master P's "Ghetto D," drops to No. 2.

Aqua's "Aquarium," subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Mattel over the single "Barbie Girl," debuts at No. 15.

Mariah Carey's "Honey" was the nation's best-selling single for the third week in a row.

What's Hot

Here are some recent releases that are generating critical or commercial attention:

Oasis' "Be Here Now" (Epic). Oasis is raising the stakes with its most bombastic and boldly personal effort yet. "Be Here Now" finds songwriter Noel Gallagher and his singing sibling Liam unabashedly laying claim to the pantheon of rock greats, while wistfully reflecting on their own long and winding road to stardom.

Coolio's "My Soul" (Tommy Boy). Preserving integrity is the one thing Coolio easily achieves here. Many of the songs prove that despite his success, he cares deeply about his position as a rapper and a spokesman.

Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance" (Reprise). Reuniting the five members of the Mac's most successful lineup, this live album features spirited but faithful versions of the lyrical, folk-based tunes that make up the group's rich catalog and a few new numbers.

What's New

Mariah Carey's "Butterfly" (Columbia).

What's Coming

Tuesday: Bjork's "Homogenic" (Elektra), Elton John's "The Big Picture" (Rocket/Polydor/A&M), Portishead's "Portishead" (Go! Beat/London).

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