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Nuns, Monks Bring Latin Habit to Lady Gaga, Eminem Music Stable

Lady Gaga isn’t the only chart-topping convent girl. A singing sister act from rural southern France has taken No.1 slots on both sides of the Atlantic as the industry signs up nuns, monks and other niche acts.

The Benedictine Nuns of Notre-Dame topped U.S. and U.K. classical charts with their album “Voices: Chant From Avignon” on Universal Music Group’s Decca Records after a search for female Gregorian chanters. Forbidden from leaving the convent, the women shot the album cover and TV commercial and signed the record deal by passing papers under a grill that divides them from the outside world.