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Dual disc sales accounted for almost a third of Omarion’s 180k last week and may do the same with J.Lo and Judas Priest this week.

ONE-DAY SALES: A ROUGH BEAST SLOUCHES TOWARD J.LO’S PARTY

50 Cent’s New One, Coming Thursday, Could Be a Million-Dollar Baby, Leaving Lopez Behind
Until a few days ago, this week looked like a bed of roses for Jennifer Lopez, with her new Epic album, Rebirth, a cinch to cruise into the top slot on next Tuesday’s sales chart.  Then Interscope broke the news that they were moving up the street date on 50 Cent’s The Massacre to this Thursday, just two days behind J.Lo, and all of a sudden, the 230k-250k she was expected to do were no longer nearly enough—not against Fitty, who has a shot (pun intended, of course) at 1 million, boosted by some well-timed gunplay Monday night at Hot 97

Meanwhile, back in the realm where mere mortals tread—and surf—Jack Johnson (Enjoy/Universal) is poised to break 150k, with a shot at 170k. More surprisingly, The Mars Volta (Strummer/Universal) looks to do over 120k—a great start for such a challenging album. That’ll give Universal two Top 5 debuts, duplicating the label’s feat of a few weeks ago with 3 Doors Down and Brian McKnight. Can you say, “Universal is on a roll?” We knew you could.

Metal warhorses Judas Priest oughta be good for 70k, which means Epic should have a decent week as well, despite Fitty raining on J.Lo’s parade.  

Trend-wise, it’s worth noting that J.Lo and Judas Priest are seeing significant sales from their releases in the dual-disc configuration. Dual disc sales accounted for almost a third of Omarion’s 180k last week and may do the same with J.Lo this week.  In the case of Priest, some retailers are reporting that dual disc is outselling the standard CD release. 

Last week, sales were down 12%, or 1.5 million units, compared to the previous week, and off 10.9%, or1.4m units, versus week 8 of ’04.  Scans for the week totaled 11.208m. Now for the big picture. Year-to-date, album scans are down 10.6% (-10.5m units), currents are down 13.8% (-8.7m), catalog titles are down 5% (-1.8m), chains are down 19.4% (-9.8m) and independents are down a troubling 24.8% (-2.6m). Mass, however, is up 0.9% (+292k). Total scans for the first eight weeks of the year: 88.676 million.

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