Last week, the big news on the charts was that Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." had finally bumped Prince's "Purple Rain" from the top of the album charts. This week, Springsteen is still No. 1, but now is facing renewed competition from Madonna, whose "Like a Virgin" LP has taken over the No. 2 spot from Prince.
Lost in all the hoopla over this three-way battle for the top has been the steady, week-by-week rise of Chicago's unhearalded "17" album, which after nearly nine months on the charts has finally cracked the Top 5. This week, "17" moved past Duran Duran's new "Arena" LP into the No. 4 position, and could push Prince out of the Big Three next week.