The pop music news continues to be dominated by guitarist/composer Mark Knopfler and the rest of Dire Straits, who now have notched their third straight chart "double"--having America's No. 1 song ("Money for Nothing") and No. 1 album ("Brothers in Arms") in the same week.
But now Dire Straits has been at No. 1 for six weeks with "Brothers and Arms," and could continue to rule the LP charts well into fall, because none of the other albums currently in the Top 10 have the momentum to keep moving up, and few of the records released in the last month or so are making much impact. And the LP with the best chance at No. 1--Stevie Wonder's long-awaited "In Square Circle"--is just hitting the stores now and won't be making a challenge for the top for at least a few more weeks.