CHART PREVIEW: THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES

Madonna, Underwood and Mariah Battle for Top Position, with Madonna Holding the Lead
It’s been a close race all week between the ladies, but it looks like age and experience trumps all, as Warner Bros. Madonna edges her way to the top of tomorrow’s chart. Our happy number-crunchers here at HITS predict that Maddy, now a respected elder stateswoman amongst the divas, will sell 340k, beating out American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s Arista/RMG debut release, which our crunchers predict will sell 300 to 310k, putting her way above the predicted #3 winner—Mariah Carey, who should sell between 175 and 180k copies of a new expanded version (complete with DVD) of her The Emancipation of Mimi.

Interestingly, 50 Cent’s Shady/Aftermath/Interscope soundtrack for Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and RLG’s Kenny Chesney continue to battle it out neck-to-neck—albeit for fourth place this week—with Fitty between 165-170k and Chesney with a slight edge at 170k. And UTV’s Now That’s What I Call Music compilation is next, with a healthy 160k.

In addition to stalwarts Nickelback (Roadrunner/IDJ) and Black Eyed Peas (A&M/Interscope), looking to take #8 and #11, with 90k and 80k, respectively, look for the remainder of the list to include a battle between these debuts—Big & Rich, another hot one for RLG, with 140k; Reprise’s Green Day set to sell 85k of their live disc; and Epic’s Ginuwine at 85k.

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