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Las Vegas alternative rockers Imagine Dragons’ major label bow, Night Visions, after four EPs, should debut nicely with 55-60k in sales.
TWENTY’S ONE
Matchbox Twenty’s First New Studio Album in a Decade to Debut at #1
September winds are starting to blow.

Look for Atlantic’s Matchbox Twenty to get the back-to-school season off to a flying start, when their new album, North, debuts at #1 with 110-120k in sales next Tuesday.

It’s Rob Thomas and company’s first all-new studio album since 2002’s More Than You Think You Are, which debuted in November of that year with 178k on the way to 2.43 million in sales. The band’s last release, 2007’s Exile on Mainstream, was a double-album set which included a single disc of greatest hits.

New Interscope band, Las Vegas alternative rockers Imagine Dragons’ major label bow, Night Visions, after four EPs, should debut nicely with 55-60k in sales. The group’s music clip for “It’s Time” is up for an MTV Video Music Award in the Best Rock Video category.

Reach Atlanta-based Christian rapper Lecrae’s Gravity is in the 55-60k range, but that’s based on very limited info, with plenty of religious bookstore sales yet to be counted as the week continues.

Kitsune/Glassnote Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club’s sophomore album Beacon looks to be in the 15-20k range.

Next week’s (9/11) release slate includes RCA’s Dave Matthews Band and Columbia’s Bob Dylan along with American/Republic’s Avett Brothers and veteran Seven Arts rapper DMX.

Albums sales were down 3% vs. last week, down 26% vs. same week last year (Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV debuted with 964k) and down 4% year to date.

Track sales were down 4% vs. last week, up 1% vs. same week last year and up 6% year to date. 

TEA sales were down 3% vs. last week, down 19% vs. same week last year and down 1% year to date. 

HITS LIST IS HAVING
A HEAT WAVE
Pass the BBQ sauce. (7/3a)
TOP 20: A LIL MORE OF THE SAME
Like a broken record... (7/1a)
WATCH THIS
We aim to please. (7/3a)
BLACK MUSIC MONTH:
6 IN THE MORNIN'
Origin story of the real OGs (7/3a)
PRE-HOLIDAY PONDERING:
POP TOP EDITION
Have another Beer, we insist. (7/2a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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