Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli maintained his grip on the #1 spot, while pomo performers
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COLOR="#003163">Cirque du Soleilhave two of the top 10 recordings on the Billboard Top World Music albums chart.
Sogno, the operatic pop singer's eighth release of the '90s, has been a fixture on the world chart since its release in March 1999. The album, which includes a duet with Celine Dion ("The Prayer" [RealAudio excerpt]), combines classical opera with pop ballads.
The success of dramatic troupe Cirque du Soleil's latest release, Dralion, (#5), has revived sales of O, an album originally released in November 1998, which has resurfaced in the #8 slot. The albums collect the music of the touring Quebecois troupe's eclectic, new-age-flavored music.
Singers Antony Kearns,
COLOR="#003163">Ronan Tynanaand Finbar Wright, better known as the Irish Tenors, also notched two spots in the top 10, with their live album (#4); their debut album, following close behind at #6, is on the chart for its 60th week.
The Chieftains held strong at #2 with Water From the Well, while chart fixture Ibrahim Ferrer checked in at #3 with Buena
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Rounding out the top 10 are the Island Roots compilation at #7, Keali'i Reichel's Melelana at #9 and Three Plus' Honey Baby at #10.
The reggae charts also held rock-steady this week, with the posthumous Bob Marley album, Chant Down Babylon, maintaining its hold over the #2 album from
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