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The year’s first big release will be Jan. 18, with G Unit/Aftermath/Interscope hip-hopper The Game’s Documentary, which won’t hit the chart until Tuesday, Jan. 25.
EMINEM REFUSES TO "LOSE"
Green Day, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Shania Twain and John Legend Also in Top 10 in a Slow Post-Holiday Sales Week
His Encore lasts yet another week.

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope rap icon Eminem tops the album chart again, though its 95k total was indicative of a week in which sales were off 35%.

Reprise’s Green Day is #2, followed by Def Jam South/IDJ’s Ludacris (#3), TVT’s Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz (#4), Mercury Nashville’s Shania Twain (#5), GOOD/Columbia/Sony Urban’s John Legend (#6), LaFace/ZLG’s Usher (#7), Columbia/CRG’s Destiny’s Child (#8), Warner Bros.Jay-Z/Linkin Park (#9) and RCA/RMG’s Kelly Clarkson (#10).

Epic’s Garden State soundtrack takes advantage of the DVD release to climb back onto the chart at #24. Also returning to the Top 50 are Epic’s Modest Mouse (#32), Atlantic/Rhino/WMG Strx’s Ray! soundtrack (#39) and Rounder/IDJ’s Alison Krauss (#46). In addition, the double-platinum posthumous Ray Charles album on Concord moves 19-13, thanks to saturation TV advertising and the Oscar and Grammy buzz surrounding the disc and hit movie.

Top movers include J Records/RMG’s Mario (#24-17), Epic/Sony Nashville’s Gretchen Wilson (#32-21), MCA Nashville’s George Strait (#30-22), Sony Classical’s Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (#42-27), J Records/RMG’s Fantasia (#43-31) and Warner Bros. Nashville’s Big & Rich (#44-34).

The year’s first big release will be Jan. 18, with G Unit/Aftermath/Interscope hip-hopper The Game’s Documentary, which won’t hit the chart until Tuesday, Jan. 25. The first 200k copies of the disc will include a limited edition DVD of the rapper’s life on the mean streets of Compton, CA.

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Dammit, we said DILL pickles!.
TRUMP SAID WHAT, NOW?
Just wondering if you still give a fuck.
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