Monks Chant Their Way to Top of The Charts

HEILIGENKREUZ, Austria (AP) - Working to reach No. 1 on the
charts? Try praying.

That's how the monks of Austria's Heiligenkreuz Abbey found fame.
Their compilation of Gregorian chants, a form of sung prayer, has stormed pop music charts worldwide.

The debut CD, "Chant: Music for Paradise," was first released in Europe in May and spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on Britain's classical
charts. The album made it to No. 7 on the country's pop charts.

It was also the top classical album in the United States and Canada, where it was released as "Chant: Music for the Soul." A new release includes chants sung during the Christmas season.

Since the monks' music became popular, the 875-year-old abbey is
drawing more visitors, and fans are now sending e-mails saying the
album helped them through hard times or changed their lives.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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