Bob Carlisle Hits #2 Chart Position; Bob Who?

Still at #1.

Forgive us for saying so, but it seems the only way to describe

Christian music artist Bob Carlisle's meteoric rise up the charts this week is

like a bat out of hell.

Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses , led by the

crossover single of the same name, shot from #95 all the way up to #2 on

Billboard's Top 200 album chart, based on sales of 86,000, according to

SoundScan. The sentimental single about fathers and daughters won the Gospel

Music Association's 1997 Dove Award for Song of the Year, and currently sits

atop the adult contemporary radio charts.

Carlisle, who for almost a

decade fronted the Christian rock band Allies, released his album on the Diadem

label over a year ago. The disc was originally titled Shades of Grace,

but the label repackaged it under the heading Butterfly Kisses (Shades Of

Grace), after anticipating the success the popular single would find in

mainstream outlets.

We can only assume there was no divine intervention in

Carlisle's rise--otherwise Butterfly Kisses would sit in the #1 slot.

That position was instead held for the second week by the saucy sinful British

quintet Spice Girls. Their debut disc Spice (Virgin) held on to the top

with sales of 135,000.

Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumously released Life

After Death rose one notch to #3 (94,000 sold), no doubt bolstered by the

recently released double A-side single by the L.O.X., Sean "Puffy" Combs, Faith

Evans, and 112 honoring the slain rap star.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma's boys

next door Hanson climbed three spots to #6 with Middle of Nowhere

(77,000), thanks to their still hot pop hit, "MMMBop." Completing this week's

top 10 are the same old same old: Mary J. Blige (#4), George Strait (#5), the

Space Jam soundtrack (#7), Jewel (#8), the Wallflowers (#9), and Erykah

Badu (#10).

Albums to watch in coming weeks include Third Eye Blind's

self-titled debut, up 19 positions to #77 (14,000) based on MTV's rotation of

"Semi-Charmed Life." Also on the move is the soundtrack to Sprung

(13,000), featuring songs by the E-40, the Next Level, and the Lost

Boyz.

Sure to shake some action in the next month is the long-awaited album

by the Wu-Tang Clan.

Finally, three-, two-, and one million units sold

milestones were reached this week by Jewel, the Wallflowers, and U2

respectively.