It’s a tight race this week on the SoundScan album sales chart: Bonnie Raitt sits at the top, just ahead of Ace of Base and the soundtrack from “Above the Rim.”Raitt’s third pop-blues title for Capitol, “Longing in Their Hearts,” moves from No. 2 to 1 in its second week on the chart, with sales just over 146,000. Raitt begins a European tour shortly, with U.S. dates expected to begin in July. SoundScan figures are provided by an industry source. Just behind Raitt’s album is “The Sign,” the first Arista set from Swedish dance act Ace of Base, with sales of more than 145,000. The album’s title track is a recent No. 1 single. In third place is the Death Row/Interscope release of the soundtrack to “Above the Rim.” Exec produced by rapper Dr. Dre, the title moved nearly 145,000 copies, boosted by new singles from H-Town and SWV. Last week’s No. 1, “Far Beyond Driven,” the third album from Texas metal merchants Pantera, slips from the top to No. 9. Top debut of the period comes from Vermont-based hippie jam band Phish. The band’s fifth album, “Hoist” (Elektra), bows at No. 34 on sales of 36,000. Other new entries include the Atlantic-issued hard rock soundtrack from the late Brandon Lee’s last project, “The Crow,” at No. 69; and the soundtrack from “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” released by Hollywood Records, at No. 105. The week’s largest unit gain belongs to one of the most surprising: the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Released by Angel/EMI, the group’s “Chant” album leaps from No. 32 to an astounding 13, with sales up from 35,000 last week to almost 80,000.
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