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ONE-DAY SALES:
TWO TO TANGO AT THE TOP

Does Puff Have Enough to Keep Cam’ron at Bay?
It’s on. Two new albums are on track to duke it out for #1 on next week’s HITS Top 50 Albums chart, according to early reports from national accounts—if they can outdo the second-week performance of this week’s #1, Musiq’s Juslisen (Def Soul/IDJ), that is.

Indeed, both Puffy CombsP. Diddy and Bad Boy Records Present: We Invented the Remix (powered by the smash “I Need a Girl,” featuring Usher) and Cam’ron’s Come Home with Me (not to be confused with Norah JonesCome Away with Me) appear at this point to be headed well past the 200k mark. And if the standard second-week settling sets in on Musiq’s quarter-million unit debut, that means either Bad Boy/Arista or Roc-A-Fella/IDJ will have the #1 album next week.

Meanwhile, other titles due to hit the chart are looking strong in the early running: Weezer’s Maladroit (Interscope) could sell upwards of 200k (an easy Top Five), while Moby’s 18 and Rush’s Vapor Trails (Atlantic) each appear headed for chart debuts on the order of 100k (Top 10).

Yes, we said Rush. Now take off, eh?

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