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ONE-DAY SALES: JANET TAKES OFF

Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter, Bub, It Just Means Her New Album’s Selling Well
In case you were thinking Janet Jackson’s now-notorious “wardrobe malfunction” might result in a sales malfunction for her new album, Damita Jo (Virgin), guess again.

According to early reports from national accounts, Janet’s new collection is off to a solid start, logging sales in its first day of release that should translate to just shy of 400k for the week, though the superstar’s ongoing television blitz could easily push that number higher.

And some are thinking if this thing really takes off, it might even end up being her personal breast—though if mammary serves, her last album busted out somewhat larger in its first week. Okay, okay, but what do you expect from boobs like us? Maybe we should just nipple this in the bud. Ohhh!!!

Anyway, Janet coming in at around 400k really does have some thinking she could give Usher a run for #1 on next week’s chart—if his Confessions (LaFace) falls by as much as 60% in its second week, which is not out of the question for an album this big. Usher, of course, dominated this week’s chart (and the year so far) with first-week sales of 1.1 million.

Prognosticators currently give the edge to Usher for next week’s top chart berth, but they also warn not to count Janet out.

In other new-release news, Columbia’s Lil’ Flip is registering surprisingly strong numbers for U Gotta Feel Me, and could reach 200k or better by the end of the week.

And another Columbia artist, Aerosmith, is likewise seeing strong numbers for a blues album, as Honkin’ on Bobo appears headed for a first week on the order of 150k.

Meanwhile, J-Kwon’s Hood Hop (Arista) and Eric Clapton’s Robert Johnson tribute, Me & Mr. Johnson, each look like they could do 100k or better for the week.

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