Carlisle ‘Kisses’ top of chart for 2nd week

Contemporary Christian artist Bob Carlisle nabbed his second week at the top of the nation’s album sales charts with his “Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)” disc logging 124,000 copies. The Diadem/Jive Records artists is basking in the afterglow of several TV appearances and competing versions of the song, including one warbled by a pair country artists.

Carlisle’s tally was slightly higher than the 122,000-unit movement by Spice Girls, the chart’s No. 2 berth holder. The Virgin Records disc, which has been sold to more than 2.6 million consumers in just five months, rose two notches during the seven-day period that ended June 22.

Among the three debuts to hit the sales chart during the period was the highly promoted and eagerly awaited sophomore disc from En Vogue. The trio, formerly a quartet, was the centerpiece of an extensive WB weblet promotional campaign June 18. Its Elektra Records disc “EV3” entered the charts at No. 8 on sales of 83,000 copies.

The Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Forever,” which bowed to much fanfare at No. 1 two weeks ago and then saw a 70% dropoff in sales the following week, checked in at No. 4 during the period on sales of 108,000 copies.

WEA led the market share of the Big Six congloms with 18.42%, followed by EMD’s 15.3% and Universal’s 14.49%. BMG held 13.34%, while Polygram and Sony logged 11.2% and 10.8% respectively.

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