Beatles Top RIAA's 'Artists Of The

                    Century' Tally


                    The Beatles are the best-selling act

                    of the 20th century, according to

                    the Recording Industry Association

                    of America (RIAA). The

                    organization's "Artists Of The

                    Century" list, which it released

                    today, credits the Fab Four for

                    selling than 106 million albums in the



                    With 89 million albums sold, Garth Brooks is the top

                    male artist on the list; Barbra Streisand, who has

                    moved nearly 62 million albums, is the top female.


                    The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" (Elektra)

                    is the century's top album, certified for sales of 26

                    million units. The set squeaked by Michael Jackson's

                    "Thriller" (Epic), which held the album sales title from

                    1984 to January of this year.


                    Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997"

                    (Rocket/A&M) is this century's best-selling single,

                    having moved 11 million copies in the U.S. And Elvis

                    Presley is this century's performer with the most

                    certified gold and platinum albums and singles. (A gold

                    certification denotes 500,000 units shipped, while a

                    platinum certification denotes 1 million shipped.)


                    Other century honorees include Brooks (top-selling

                    country artist), Reba McEntire (top female country

                    artist), and Alabama (top country group); Jackson

                    (top-selling R&B artist), Whitney Houston (top R&B

                    female artist), and Boyz II Men (top R&B group); and

                    Presley (top-selling rock artist), Madonna (top female

                    rock artist), and the Beatles (top rock act).


                    In addition, TLC's "CrazySexyCool" (LaFace/Arista) is

                    the leading hip-hop album, Bob Marley & the Wailers'

                    "Legend" (Tuff Gong/IDJMG) is the top reggae set,

                    and the Three Tenors' "In Concert" (London) is the

                    best-selling classical album.