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While yet another Def Jam/IDJ hip-hop biggie, Rick Ross’ new album, God Forgives, I Don’t, is the next major release, coming out on Tuesday (7/31), this week the pickings are relatively slim.

NAS VS. ZAC, GASLIGHT ANTHEM, PASSION PIT DEBUT

Summer Dog Days Officially Start Barking
It’ll be an OG rapper vs. a country-rocker for the top spot on next week’s HITS Album chart.

The last two best-sellers—NasDef Jam/IDJ album, Life is Good, and Zac Brown Band’s Atlanti9c release Uncaged, #1-2 on this week’s chart—should vie for the lead on Tuesday’s tally as well.

While yet another Def Jam/IDJ hip-hop biggie, Rick Ross’ new album, God Forgives, I Don’t, is the next major release, coming out on Tuesday (7/31), this week the pickings are relatively slim.

Top new debut should be Mercury/IDJ’s New Jersey neo-Springsteen garage-rockers the Gaslight Anthem with their major label bow, Handwritten, after graduating from L.A. indie SideOneDummy, the band’s fourth studio effort overall. First-week sales estimates from our crack network of retail reporters and numbers-crunchers put the figure at between 30-35k.

Columbia Cambridge, MA, techno-rock duo Passion Pit’s Gossamer, the follow-up to 2009’s debut Manners, is up next, with estimates in the 28-32k area.

Touted RCA Nashville group Love and Theft, the singer/songwriter pair of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, will see their eponymous sophomore album do between 12-15k.

Epic’s Jennifer Lopez greatest hits collection, to fulfill her deal with the label, should also do in the 12-15k neighborhood.

Album sales were down 4% vs. last week, down 5% vs. same week last year and down 3% year to date.

Track sales were down 2% vs. last week, up 2% vs. same week last year and up 6% year to date.

TEA sales were down 3% vs. last week, down 3% vs, same week last year and flat year to date.

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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