WEEK IN PREVIEW:
CAREY CHARMING

Despite Impressive Sales, Diva Can’t
Dislodge Shania
Well, she certainly dusted off the Glitter.

Mariah Carey’s debut MonarC/IDJ album, Charmbracelet, is a winner. Indeed it looks like the diva’s delivering, as her latest moves at a rapid clip and initial sales appear to be right in line with forecasts.

Carey’s media blitz, which included an appearance on Oprah and an interview with Matt Lauer on Dateline, seems to have paid off as the songbird looks likely to move about 250,000 units and will likely end up Top 5.

That tally still won’t be enough to dethrone Shania Twain’s Up!, which will hold at No. 1 for a third consecutive week moving well over 300,000.

Carey, with the only major release of the week, entered a crowded field, competing with eight albums that logged over 200k in sales last week. As is the norm, sales figures will be down significantly from last week, which benefited from Thanksgiving weekend price wars.

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