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'WAITING' BOOM'

YOU CAN BREATHE now, Whitney: The lady-in-waiting that was the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack finds itself betrothed at long last to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart, a couple of weeks after the film itself debuted at the top of the box office cake. Mariah Carey was sweet enough to move out of her rival songbird’s way, six Grammy nominations or no. And it’s certainly no longer a game of beat-the-Beatles, given how suddenly the Fab Four have fallen from the top 10 since the Christmas rush – though their nostalgia-happy fans’ New Year’s hibernation may undergo a spring thaw when Anthology 2 comes out next month.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS WEEK ON CHART

1 2 SOUNDTRACK Waiting to Exhale, Arista 8 2 1 MARIAH CAREY Daydream, Columbia 14 3 3 ALANIS MORISSETTE Jagged Little Pill, Maverick/Reprise 30 4 5 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH Cracked Rear View, Atlantic 78 5 4 GARTH BROOKS Fresh Horses, Capitol 7 6 6 ALAN JACKSON Greatest Hits, Arista 11 7 12 SHANIA TWAIN The Woman in Me, Mercury Nashville 45 8 8 TLC CrazySexyCool, LaFace/Arista 60 9 7 SMASHING PUMPKINS Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Virgin 11 10 10 BUSH Sixteen Stone, Trauma/Interscope 52

R&B ALBUMS

1 1 SOUNDTRACK Waiting to Exhale, Arista 8 2 2 R. KELLY R. Kelly, Jive 8 3 3 MARIAH CAREY Daydream, Columbia 14 4 4 THA DOGG POUND Dogg Food, Death Row/Interscope/Priority 11 5 5 LL COOL J Mr. Smith, Def Jam/Island 7 6 6 QUINCY JONES Q’s Jook Joint,Qwest/Warner Bros. 9 7 10 MONICA Miss Thang, Rowdy/Arista 25 8 7 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY E. 1999 Eternal, Ruthless/Relativity 25 9 13 GOODIE MOB Soul Food, LaFace/Arista 9 10 9 FAITH EVANS Faith, Bad Boy/Arista 19

CONCERTS

# OF TICKET SHOWS SALES

1 1 LUCIANO PAVAROTTI Cleveland $1,446,535 2 2 PHISH Worcester, Mass. $679,714 3 1 PHISH Philadelphia $412,200 4 4 KENNY ROGERS Devon, Pa. $330,216 5 4 PAUL WINTER CONSORT New York $313,712 6 1 TIM MCGRAW St. Paul, Minn. $259,089 7 2 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS Merrillville, Ind. $244,978 8 3 BOB DYLAN Philadelphia $221,139 9 1 BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA Worcester, Mass. $200,812 10 2 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Upper Darby, Pa. $180,960 (C) 1996 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM BILLBOARD, JAN. 20, 1996 (C) 1996 BPI COMMUNICATIONS INC./SOUNDSCAN INC. USED WITH PERMISSION FROM AMUSEMENT BUSINESS, JAN. 8, 1996