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ONE-DAY SALES: AVRIL AND USHER TO DUKE IT OUT FOR #1
Lack of Big Releases Leaves Chart’s Upper Reaches Open for This Week’s Winners
We wouldn’t go as far as to say, “No debuts is good debuts.” Some puns just aren’t worth reaching for.

But the fact is, no album hitting the street yesterday will be a factor in determining the top of next week’s Album Chart, and that’s good news for Avril and/or Usher.

It’s more difficult than usual for our retail lab technicians to dial in the predict-o-meter on this week, since it’s springboarding off of a very strong Memorial Day Monday, which was fueled by all kinds of big-box supersales at your Best Buys, Wal-Marts, Targets, Circuit Cities and the like. But that difficulty notwithstanding, it looks to our analysts like next week’s #1 chart berth will belong to either Lavigne’s Under My Skin (Arista/RMG) or Usher’s Confessions (LaFace/ZLG)—the former riding the momentum from a big 356k debut week, and the latter having found its level and still shifting major units going into its 10th week of release.

This week’s #2, Slipknot, is expected to settle to the #3 position.

In spite of the lack of new releases headed for Top 10 sales this week, however, Monday’s sales heft should help keep the market from showing a huge dropoff compared to the week before.

For the sales cycle ended Sunday, the market was up 9.01% compared to the week before and up 11.15% compared to the same week last year. Cumulatively, sales are up 7.65% for the year so far, compared to year-ago figures.
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