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ONE-DAY SALES: GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT TOPS THE POLLS

Ambitious Punk Opera Could Depose Nelly at the Top of the Chart
Americans are casting their votes for Green Day, and they’re helping the seminal post-punk punk’s post-punk band take a shot at #1 on next week’s album chart.

Indeed, according to early reports from national accounts, the ambitious political punk opera American Idiot (Reprise) is on track to sell around 270k for the week. That means if Nelly’s Suit (Fo Reel/Universal) falls by just 30% in its second week, Green Day could slip right in there and nab the top slot.

Also hitting the street yesterday was Keith Urban’s latest opus, Be Here (Capitol Nashville). Early reports peg the Nashville Aussie’s first week at about 150k-160k, giving it a serious shat at a Top Five chart debut.

And then there’s Chevelle’s This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In (Epic), which looks at this point like it should finish the week at about 100k, good for a Top 10 debut.

Anyway, we think it was real nice of Green Day to name their new album after us. We’ve got to remember to thank them.
HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/6a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
WINNING NOMINATIONS
I.B. Bad on music's biggest comeback (12/6a)
ON THE COVER: LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT
It's De-Lovely. (12/6a)
CALLING THE PLAYS:
JOHN JANICK
We salute the winner and still champ. (12/6a)
SONG STREAMS:
'TIS THE SEASON
It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas. (12/6a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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