Age before beauty? Well, not this week — but at least it was close, as the Rolling Stones’ 160,000-copy first-week sales for Bridges to Babylon came within spittin’ distance of LeAnn Rimes’ charttopping 175,000 units. And Bob Dylan, benefiting from rave reviews and a rare round of high-profile interviews, moved a surprising 102,000 copies of Time Out of Mind — Bard Bob’s first top 10 album since 1979’s Slow Train Coming and his first top 20 since 1983’s Infidels. Amid all these men selling like veritable boys, Boyz II Men showed some slippage — as did Mariah Carey — in a week that found R&B fans suddenly hungering for the Soul Food soundtrack, now a main-chart course at No. 4.
Posted October 17 1997 — 12:00 AM EDT
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