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Now 18 should sell around 325k for the week, keeping the label’s hot streak going and putting the comp in a horse race (to mix sports metaphors) with Fitty.

ONE-DAY SALES: NOW AND AGAIN

Singles Franchise in a Shoot-out With 50 Cent for Next Week’s #1
How time flies when you’re having fun—and we're sure you'll agree that this decade has been a real barrel of laffs so far. Would you believe that we’re already up to the 18th edition of the singles-collection series that goes by the now-familiar moniker Now That’s What I Call Music? Yup. We are.

It’s Epic’s turn at the plate, and Now 18 should sell around 325k for the week, keeping the label’s hot streak going and putting the comp in a horse race (to mix sports metaphors) with 50 Cent’s The Massacre (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) for the top spot on next week’s sales chart. It all depends on how Fitty trends in his third (kind of) week at retail.

If you’re looking for compelling retail drama beyond this contest between man and machine, however, sorry, Charlie. 

Here’s the rest of the debut field, along with the numbers we expect them to tally (these numbers, of course, are different from the numbers we’ll give you as the week goes on—that’s just the way it is, baby):  Baby Bash (Universal), 50k; Brooke Valentine (Virgin), 35k-40k; Miranda Lambert (Sony Nashville), 35k.

And now (we can’t put it off any longer, folks), the market trends. Retail was off 11% from last week (10.8 million units compared to 12.1 million) and down 7% versus the same week a year ago (11.6m). On the year so far, the market is down 9% on 111.6 million units (122.7m last year). Bummer.

NEAR TRUTHS: THE KYNCL-LOUSADA DANCE HAS BEGUN
This oughta be interesting... (9/30a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
RAP EDITION
Michael and Kyle find a feast of hip-hop to chew on. (10/3a)
CHART FINAL: VERANO INVADES FALL
Like a broken record... which it is, figuratively speaking. (9/30a)
HITS LIST: COUNTDOWN
TO ECSTASY
We enter the month that was once known as Rocktober. (10/4a)
HIS OWN ARCHITECT:
THE STEVE LACY BUZZ
It was a surprisingly easy "Habit" to break. (10/3a)
GRAMMY SEASON
New categories! New rules! New WTF!
THE BIG DEAL
It's the one you didn't see coming.
RAID AT MAR-A-LAGO
"Who took my passports?"
HITS' 36TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Allow us to apologize in advance.
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