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Jesus wasn’t the only thing rising this weekend, as holiday shopping helped provide late-week sales bumps for two hard rock-laden compilations, WWF: Forceable Entry (Columbia) and the Scorpion King ST (Universal), meaning there should very well be four Top 10 debuts.
WEEK IN PREVIEW: NEW DAY COMES TO TOP OF THE CHART
Avant, WWF Themes and Scorpion King ST look for Top 10 Bows
She took some time off to have a baby, and baby is she back.

Epic’s Celine Dion, 14 months after delivering her first child, looks to deliver a #1 debut with A New Day Has Come, dethroning last week’s #1, Now Vol. 9 (UTV). As predicted, sales look to cross the 500k mark.

MJM/MCA’s Avant is in ecstasy, as his Ecstasy also having a biiiiiiig week, with a probable Top 5 debut.

Jesus wasn’t the only thing rising this weekend, as holiday shopping helped provide late-week sales bumps for two hard rock-laden compilations, WWF: Forceable Entry (Columbia) and the Scorpion King ST (Universal), meaning there should very well be four Top 10 debuts, no foolin’.

Hitting the streets Tuesday are debuts from Elektra’s Tweet and Murder Inc./IDJ’s Ashanti. These two, both with smash hit singles, will be in a pitched battle when they chart the following week.

In radioland, the all-year-long fools in radio say that V2’s Moby looks like most added this week and Columbia’s Our Lady Peace will have a big week as well. The rockers look good at Rock as well, and Volcano’s Tool should be most added.

The Crossover geeks say that the action is all about Aftermath/Interscope’s Truth Hurts, Atlantic’s Brandy and Motown/Universal’s Brian McKnight/Jermaine Dupri.

The geniuses in Top 40 looked away from Opening Day baseball just long enough to say, "Most added looks like Interscope’s No Doubt, Atlantic’s Craig David and Jive’s Britney Spears, and Bad Boy/Arista’s P.Diddy is strong at the majors."

Also, look for post-NCAA Championship parties in either Bloomington, IN or College Park, MD tonight, while the Montreal Expos should be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by the end of the week.

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