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Next week, Dylan’s latest Columbia effort, Modern Times, is headed for the top slot, with Epic’s Jessica Simpson and Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records rapper Young Dro also looking like they could top 100k in first-week numbers.

DANITY KANE DO!

Bad Boy/Atlantic Making of the Band 3 Stars Top OutKast; Mana, Paris Hilton, Kelis, Lamb of God, Vandross Debut Top 10
Repeat after us. TV sells records. Especially reality television.

Diddy’s girl group Danity Kane ride their starring roles in MTV’s Making of the Band 3 to 215k in sales and the #1 slot on this week’s HITS Top 50.

Kane is one of seven newcomers to the Top 10, with LaFace/ZLG’s OutKast grabbing #2 with the Idlewild soundtrack. The Universal Pictures film finished in the Top 10 box office after opening last Friday, but its disappointing take probably had a lot to do with the album’s second-place finish. Seems record buyers approached the disc as a soundtrack, not the follow-up to the duo’s 2003 diamond-selling Speakerboxx/The Love Below.

The other debuts include WEA Latina Mexican rockers Mana, whose Amar Es Combatir breaks through at #5, followed by WB heiress-turned-disco diva Paris Hilton (#6), Jive/ZLG’s milkshaking Kelis (#8), Epic metal rockers Lamb of God (#9) and J/Epic/Legacy’s posthumous Luther Vandross compilation (#10).

RCA chanteuse Christina Aguilera, last week’s chart-topper, ends up #3, while Walt Disney RecordsCheetah Girls soundtrack is #4 and Sony Music Group’s Now 22 #7.

Sony BMG Nashville country rocker Pat Green’s label debut (#21), Universal’s Crazy Frog novelty smash (#35) and Koch’s DJ Kayslay & DJ Greg Street (#49) round out the list of chart bows.

A pair of Universal rock bands are the week’s biggest gainers, with Universal Republic’s Hinder (#17, +20%) and Universal Motown’s Blue October (#41-32, +27%) the only titles sporting double-digit sales increases.

Next week, Dylan’s latest Columbia effort, Modern Times, is headed for the top slot, with Epic’s Jessica Simpson and Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records rapper Young Dro (a T.I. Atlanta cohort) also looking like they could top 100k in first-week numbers.

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