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‘Bodyguard’ track tops sales

Albums by classic rock and catalog artists topped the November sales certifications from the Recording Industry Assn. of America, with the return of Meat Loaf and “The Bodyguard” soundtrack leading the charge of multiplatinum listings.

Baby boomers also made their presence felt, as discs from kids-music “Barney” on SBK/EMI and The Moody Blues’ “The Other Side of Life” on Polydor scored platinum platters. The reissue of Eric Clapton’s “Slow Hand” on Polygram and a greatest hits package from Waylon Jennings on RCA Nashville reached levels of 3 million and 4 million respectively.

Other huge sellers marked for multiplatinum certification include Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” on Death Row/Interscope, which reached 3 million copies; Arista’s “The Bodyguard” continues its trek to 10 million; Nirvana’s “Nevermind” on DGC at 5 million; Janet Jackson’s “janet.” from Virgin at 4 million; and MCA’s top catalog mover, Meat Loaf’s original “Bat Out of Hell,” hitting the 8 million unit plateau.

Platinum level certs — albums selling 1 million units — went to Tesla’s “Psychotic Supper”; on Geffen, the soundtrack to “Dances With Wolves”; on Epic, Alabama’s RCA Nashville disc “Live” and Nirvana’s DGC album “In Utero.” Cream’s “Disreali Gears” on Polydor and Atlantic’s “Best of Manhattan Transfer” joined “Live,” the Columbia boxed set from James Taylor and Meat Loaf’s current MCA musical opus “Bat Out of Hell II” at the 1 million sales level. “Human Wheels,” the latest entry from John Mellencamp, also went platinum.

Gold level certs — discs selling 500,000 units — include the Beach Boys’ five-disc Capitol boxed set “Good Vibrations”; Bette Midler’s greatest hits compilation “Experience the Divine” on Atlantic, and the retrospectiveset from Led Zeppelin “The Complete Studio Recordings,” also on Atlantic.

Nirvana’s “In Utero” also paced gold certs, joining a two-disc greatest hits set from Barry Manilow’s “Greatest Hits I & II” on Arista, while Neil Diamond’s return to the songwriting hit factory “Songs From the Brill Building” on Columbia and Lyle Lovett’s MCA/Curb offering “Pontiac” also went gold.

Singles brisk

Singles action was brisk, with plantinum certs going to Meat Loaf’s “I’ll Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) and offerings from Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants” on Arista, Xscape’s Columbia album “Just Kickin’ It” and “Gangsta Lean” from DRS on Capitol.

Gold singles were all over the musical landscape with Meat Loaf and DRS joining Aerosmith’s “Cryin” on Geffen, Haddaway’s “What Is Love” on Arista and “Anniversary” from Wing/Mercury act Tony Toni Tone earning the certs alongside nods for “Shoop” from Next Plateau’s Salt ‘N Pepa and “Ruff Neck” from MC Lyte on Atlantic.

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