The Charts

MONTGOMERY HORDE

On Monday, Feb. 7, John Michael Montgomery won an American Music Award for best new country artist. That was merely the beginning of a very good week for Nashville's hottest new hat act-a week in which his second album, Kickin' It Up, hit the No. 1 spot on both the pop and country charts. In a mere 14 days, in other words, the album vaulted past Mariah Carey and Alice in Chains on its way to the top. Don't get too comfortable in that pop slot yet, John Michael: Hot on your heels are three sleeper R&B albums, by R. Kelly, Salt 'N' Pepa, and Toni Braxton, that continue to move up a few notches with each passing week. Last Weeks on Week Pop Albums Chart 1 3 John Michael Montgomery Kickin' It Up, Atlantic 2 2 2 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 23 3 4 Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle, Death Row/Interscope 11 4 1 Alice in Chains Jar of Flies, Columbia 2 5 9 R. Kelly 12 Play, Jive 13 6 7 Salt 'N' Pepa Very Necessary, Next Plateau/London/PLG 17 7 10 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton, LaFace/Arista 30 8 6 Jodeci Diary of a Mad Band, Uptown/MCA 7 9 5 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits, MCA 12 10 15 Counting Crows August and Everything After, DGC 8

Country Albums 1 1 John Michael Montgomery Kickin' It Up, Atlantic 2 2 2 Various Artists Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, Giant 17 3 3 Reba McEntire Greatest Hits Volume Two, MCA 19 4 4 Garth Brooks In Pieces, Liberty 23 5 5 Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love), Arista 70 6 7 Vince Gill I Still Believe in You, MCA 75 7 6 George Strait Easy Come, Easy Go, MCA 19 8 11 Mary-Chapin Carpenter Come On Come On, Columbia 84 9 12 Brooks & Dunn Hard Workin' Man, Arista 50 10 8 Clay Walker Clay Walker, Giant 27

World Music Albums 1 1 Gipsy Kings Love & Liberte, Elektra 11 2 5 Sweet Honey In The Rock Still on the Journey, Earth Beat 13 3 3 Clannad Banba, Atlantic 33 4 4 Various artists The World Sings Goodnight, Silver Wave 7 5 2 Ali Farka Toure The Source, Hannibal 31 6 8 Altan Island Angel, Green Linnet 15 7 7 Willie and Lobo Gypsy Boogaloo, Mesa 27 8 10 Ali Akbar Khan Garden of Dreams, Triloka 13 9 9 Clannad Anam, Atlantic 45 10 12 Baka Beyond Spirit of the Forest, Hannibal 7

Originally posted Feb 18, 1994 Published in issue #210-211 Feb 18, 1994 Order article reprints