The Charts

DUELING DIVAS

While she rises to No. 3 on the R&B chart, rookie chanteuse Toni Braxton slips a notch on the pop chart this week, tripped up by fellow awards-show regular Mariah Carey. Braxton's performance at the 21st American Music Awards-and her / trophies in both the R&B and adult contemporary categories-landed her eponymous debut disc at No. 1 last week, after 31 weeks on the charts. The last time an album took so long to reach that position was in March 1991, when Carey's self-titled debut achieved the honor in its 36th week-right after she took home two Grammys. Braxton, however, could vault back over Carey if she performs her top 10 single ''Breathe Again'' at this year's Grammys. Last Weeks On Week Pop Albums Chart 1 2 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 25 2 1 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton, LaFace/Arista 32 3 5 R. Kelly 12 Play, Jive 15 4 6 Salt 'N' Pepa Very Necessary, Next Plateau/London/PLG 19 5 3 Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle, Death Row/Interscope 13 6 4 John Michael Montgomery Kickin' It Up, Atlantic 4 7 7 Counting Crows August and Everything After, DGC 10 8 10 Celine Dion The Colour of My Love, Sony 550 Music/Epic 15 9 13 Ace Of Base The Sign, Arista 13 10 8 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits, MCA 14

R&B albums 1 1 R. Kelly 12 Play, Jive 15 2 2 Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle, Death Row/Interscope 13 3 4 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton, LaFace/Arista 32 4 3 Jodeci Diary of a Mad Band, Uptown/MCA 9 5 5 Tevin Campbell I'm Ready, Qwest/Warner Bros. 17 6 6 Salt 'N' Pepa Very Necessary, Next Plateau/London/PLG 19 7 7 Ice Cube Lethal Injection, Priority 12 8 8 Zhane Pronounced Jah-Nay, Motown 2 9 10 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia 25 10 11 Xscape Hummin' Comin' At 'Cha, So So Def/Columbia 19

College Music Albums 1 2 Tori Amos Under the Pink, Atlantic 3 2 1 Ramones Acid Eaters, Radioactive 7 3 3 Jawbox For Your Own Special Sweetheart, Atlantic 2 4 5 Beck Loser, Bong Load/DGC 5 5 4 Shonen Knife Rock Animals, Virgin 3 6 7 Meat Puppets Too High to Die, London/PLG 5 7 13 Green Day Dookie, Reprise 3 8 8 The Dentists Behind the Door I Keep the Universe, EastWest 4 9 15 Alice In Chains Jar of Flies, Columbia 3 10 6 Lemonheads Come On Feel the Lemonheads, Atlantic 18

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints