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Watch out for American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, whose "A Moment Like This" is already looking like a big winner for RCA thanks to all that television momentum.
WEEK IN PREVIEW: ALL QUIET ON THE RETAIL FRONT
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Two days away from the first anniversary of America’s new day of infamy, one minor effect of the event that changed everything in such a major way is evident: Labor Day week, traditionally a quiet week for new releases, is not only still quiet, but is now followed by a second, even more quiet week for releases.

Totally insignificant compared to the monstrous, unprecedented destruction that caused it, but even these things are part of the new reality, and this is the business we are involved with (though some more than others, and us barely at all), and so we must talk about it.

Anyway, the upshot is that it’s shaping up to be a quiet week chart-wise and new-debut-wise. In fact, Ani DiFranco will release her latest, So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter, (Righteous Babe), but aside from that, this week will be still for obvious reasons.

Chart-wise, The Dixie Chicks (Wide Open/Columbia) will hold at #1, likely with sales in the 350-400k range. Aaron Carter’s Another Earthquake (Jive), already in the 20s on the Building Album Chart, will likely come up some thanks to rack activity. Avril Lavigne (Arista) will likely continue to sell more records this week than she did last week.

And speaking of Avril, she’s pretty much already closed out at Top 40 radio after debuting on the chart ahead of this week’s official add date, but look for her to clean up the stragglers now. Likewise for Justin Timberlake, whose "Like I love You" (Jive) leaked two weeks ago and is moving rapidly up the chart.

The most adds at Top 40 will likely go to either Kelly Rowland (Columbia) or Faith Hill (Warner Bros.), but watch out for American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, whose "A Moment Like This" is already looking like a big winner for RCA thanks to all that television momentum.

At Post Modern, keep your eyes on Papa Roach, whose "Time and Time Again" (DreamWorks) will probably take down the most adds for the week, and also on Saliva’s "Always" (Island/IDJ), which will be raking in the early believers.

At Crossover, the aforementioned Rowland’s "Stole" will be hot (so to speak), while Ashanti’s "Baby" (Murder Inc./IDJ), already on at many stations, will continue to grow with this week’s official go-ahead.

But back to retail. Next week, the new Disturbed album, Believe (Reprise) will hit the streets. That should be exciting. Not that we would know anything about excitement, but work with us—it’s not the best week to be doing this.

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Marketshare machers. (10/26a)
KDOTTED LINE
A pending deal fro Kendrick. (10/26a)
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It's a lock. (10/26a)
CHART STORY: TAY
MAKES IT EIGHT
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ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Vote. Do it now. (10/26a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
HALLOWEEN IN QUARANTINE
Why not wear a mask indoors?
ELECTION 2020
What drugs will help us get there?
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