Spice Girls Top U. S. Sales Chart

Destined to be the hula-hoop of 1997.

With their sizzling Spice album reaching the top of

Billboard's Top 200 chart this week, Britain's fab five Spice Girls

became the first U.K. act in recent memory to land a debut LP in the #1

American slot.

The saucy singers, whose Cannes-premiered movie hits U.S.

screens at Christmas, have now ridden their album to #1 in 30 countries. With

sales of 138,000, Spice edged out both country star George Strait's

Carrying Your Love With Me (at #2 with sales of 117,000) and soul diva

Mary J. Blige's Share My World (at #3 with 114,000), which have battled

for the top position in recent weeks.

Brother trios from both ends of the

age spectrum claimed high debut entry honors this week. Propelled by their

newly crowned #1 single "MMMBop," Tulsa, Oklahoma's Hanson landed at #9 on the

album charts with Middle Of Nowhere. That album--the major-label debut

for brothers Isaac (age 16), Taylor (14), and Zachary Hanson (11)--sold 72,000

copies. "MMMBop," complete with scratching courtesy of the ultra-hip Dust

Brothers, knocked Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" from the top of the singles

hill. The Bee Gees, brothers who themselves know a thing or two about sugary

pop, hit #11 with Still Waters, which racked up sales of

66,000.

Rounding out the top ten this week were familiar faces: Notorious

B.I.G (#4), the Space Jam soundtrack (#5), Celine Dion (#6), the

Wallflowers (#7), Jewel (#8), and Erykah Badu (#10).

The Indigo Girls'

Shaming The Sun, which debuted last week at #7, dropped to #13 with

sales of 55,000.