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Also on tap for Nov. 20: a new LP from Motown Hall of Famers the Temptations, Virgin’s surefire Now Vol. 8 and a Christmas album from Def Soul/IDJ’s Kelly Price.
TWO TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER
While You’re Busy Stuffing Turkeys, Retailers Will Be Stuffing Their Shelves
The Q4 rush kicks into high gear right about now, with Creed and Garth Brooks at the top of retailers’ wish lists.

Record labels have jammed enough superstar releases into these next two Tuesdays (today and 11/20) to relaunch Napster.

But that’s so 20th century, no?

Aside from Creed and Brooks, Jewel, Rob Zombie, Kid Rock and Pink—all of whose last albums went double-Platinum or better—are set to drop new sets in the next two weeks. In addition, Madonna has a greatest-hits collection, 2-million sellers Sting, Radiohead and Jill Scott have live albums and Columbia Latin star Marc Anthony has a salsa disc.

Others with new CDs include Paul McCartney, Natalie Merchant, Sevendust, Shakira, Ghostface Killah and Shelby Lynne out today, while next week sees records from Mick Jagger, Timbaland & Magoo and Too $hort. There are also best-ofs from Barenaked Ladies, Boyz II Men, Green Day and The Cure (11/13), while Aerosmith, Bee Gees and Smashing Pumpkins have retrospective hits compilations next Tuesday (11/20).

  • The cat in the hat, Capitol Nashville star Brooks, tops this week’s release schedule with Scarecrow, his first studio album of new material since the 1997 Sevens. It’s his first release since Double Live sold 1.1 million copies in its first week of release in Nov. ’98, if you don’t count Chris Gaines—which most people don’t. Brooks will be featured in concert for three straight Wednesdays of prime-time, CBS Coast To Coast Live specials to promote the disc. Retailers are predicting upwards of 700k in first-week sales for Brooks.
  • Jewel’s new Atlantic album, This Way, is her first since the 1998 Spirit, which sold 210k its first week of release on its way to a total of 3.5 million OTC.
  • McCartney’s new Capitol album, Driving Rain, will gain some momentum from "Freedom," the single he introduced at the recent Concert for New York City. Earlier this year, his two-CD live set, Wingspan, debuted with an impressive 220k in first-week sales.
  • ArtemisKittie, Cash Money/Universal rapper Mack 10, TVT’s old-school hip-hoppers Naughty By Nature and Jive’s UGK also had releases come out today.
  • Wind-up religious rockers Creed’s Weathered could well be the answer to the industry’s Q4 prayers. The album’s first single, "My Sacrifice," is already Top Five Post Modern and Top 10 Active Rock. Retailers are petitioning the Lord for a possible 1 million in first-week sales for its 11/20 release.
  • Rolling Stone Jagger’s new Virgin album, Goddess in the Doorway, is his first solo effort since the 1992 Wandering Spirit.
  • Kid Rock’s new Atlantic album, Cocky, follows his 2.2 million-selling History of Kid Rock, while Pink’s sophomore Arista effort, M!ssundaztood, follows her 2000 album, Can’t Take Me Home, which moved 2.1 million units.
  • Sting’s live A&M album, All This Time, looks to capitalize on the surprising 3.3 million sales of his 1999 disc, Brand New Day.
  • Also on tap for Nov. 20: a new LP from Motown Hall of Famers the Temptations, Virgin’s surefire Now Vol. 8 and a Christmas album from Def Soul/IDJ’s Kelly Price.
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