The sales race between Garth Brooks' "Sevens" and Celine Dion's "Let's Talk About Love" tightened last week, but the country superstar's collection held on for the victory.
According to figures from SoundScan, "Sevens" sold an estimated 685,000 copies, pushing its five-week total to a whopping 3.4 million--or about $42.5 million in retail sales. "Let's Talk" sold about 625,000 copies last week, bringing its five-week total to 2.5 million--about $31.3 million.
Meanwhile, Elton John's recording of "Candle in the Wind 1997" topped the nation's singles chart for the 14th straight week, selling an estimated 200,000. The charity record's total is now past the 8-million mark in the U.S. alone.
Here are some recent releases that are generating critical and/or commercial attention:
Garth Brooks' "Sevens" (Capitol). Brooks' strongest album to date is a 40-plus-minute couch session in which the good ol' boy becomes human-potential poster boy.