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ONE-DAY SALES: DISTURBED? BELIEVE IT, BABY
Nu-Metal Meisters Sell, As Does Kelly “American Idol” Clarkson’s Single
After a couple of very quiet weeks, guess who’s disturbing the peace? If you guessed Reprise’s Disturbed, you’ve been paying attention. The heavy rockers’ new opus, Believe, is out and selling, and according to early reports from national accounts, it’s on track to sell over 300k for the week.

Indeed, the album is performing every bit as well as its most ardent boosters hoped it would, and that means the Dixie Chicks will finally cede the #1 Album Chart position to another artist. Nice of them to share.

Those Chicks could wind up at #2 next week, but it’s really too soon to say, given that Nelly, Eminem and Avril Lavigne are all right there in the mix.

But next to Disturbed’s totally agro, extremely raging return, the big story of the week concerns not an album, but a single. “How quaint,” you might be saying to yourself, but check this out:

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, now in the hands of a salivating RCA, will likely sell 150,000 copies of her “double-side” rush-released single this week—and that’s after many accounts jumped the gun and sold a bunch before yesterday’s street date. Compare that number to the 4,500 pieces last week’s #1 single, Nivea’s “Don’t Mess with My Man” (Jive), moved. Yep, Clarkson's "Before Your Love/A Moment Like This" will probably sell about 35 times more than last week’s top seller. Wow.

Clearly, America idolizes her. And anyone who thinks otherwise is underestimating the power of television. Stay tuned for the album.

Speaking of albums, others of note this week include Ludacris project Disturbing tha Peace, whose debut, Golden Grain, should move about 100k. Also brushing up against 100k will be Lifehouse’s Stanley Climbfall.

Meanwhile, the new one from extreme saxophone stylist Kenny G, Paradise, appears headed for smooth sales of about 50k to 60k. Break out the Chardonnay and candlelight, folks. He’s back.

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