‘Oprah’ shot puts Carlisle in top spot

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” again proved the place to sell records as an appearance by Bob Carlisle helped his “Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)” disc to sell 234,000 copies for the week ended June 15, nearly double the previous week’s tally. The Diadem/Jive Records disc was the nation’s top seller for the period.

The tally was also goosed by national morning show TV appearances by the singer following the June 13 stop on the talker, and the track becoming an inescapable radio staple. There are also three different versions of the tune — two from country crooners — climbing the pop, country and contemporary Christian charts, adding to its heightened visibility.

The Wu Tang Clan’s “Wu Tang Forever” plummeted from its 612,000-copy debut the previous week to 185,000 copies during the period, a tally still sufficient to earn the Loud/RCA Records disc the No. 2 spot.

Country crooner Tim McGraw dropped a notch into the No. 3 spot on sales of 181,000 copies of his Curb Records disc “Everywhere.”

The Spice Girls also dropped one spot into the No. 4 post on 140,000 units of their “Spice” disc. The Virgin Records disc, which has sold more than 2.4 million copies in the U.S. in four months, got a boost from the group’s appearance on the World Music Awards.

Mercury Records trio Hanson remained at No. 5 on sales of 108,000 copies of its “Middle of Nowhere” disc. The teenage trio is an MTV and VH1 staple with its catchy “Mmmbop” track.

B’Rite/Interscope disc “God’s Property From Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation” held steady at No. 6 on sales of 92,300 copies. The gospel-meets-hip-hop disc bowed to much fanfare, but is having a tough time finding widespread radio play.

The Wallflowers checked in at No. 7 with 77,000 copies of their Interscope disc “Bringing Down the Horse.” The disc, which jumped two spots, is being helped by hot single “One Headlight.”

Country stalwart George Strait rose two notches to No. 8 thanks to more than 75,000 copies of his “Carrying Your Love With Me” disc crossing retail registers.

Warner Sunset, the potent soundtrack label bowed last year by Warner Bros. Music prexy Gary LeMel and film music czar Danny Bramson, appears to be two for two in releases. It scored big with “Space Jam” and now the soundtrack to the WB film “Batman & Robin” is heating up sales charts.

The disc’s strong bow, at No. 9 on sales of 74,000 copies, is attributed to the success of three singles: R. Kelly’s hit “Gotham City,” which has crossed over several radio formats; “Look Into My Eyes” by Bone Thugs N Harmony; and “The End Is the Beginning Is the End” by the Smashing Pumpkins.

Celine Dion rose four to nab the chart’s No. 10 spot, no doubt a result of the afterglow from an appearance on the World Music Awards and an “Oprah” rerun. The songstress’s Epic Records disc “Falling Into You” moved nearly 73,000 copies during the sales period.

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