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Suretone’s Angels and Airwaves, the new album from Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge and first release on Jordan Schur’s new label, bows at #4 with 127k in sales.

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American Idol Album, Angels & Airwaves, WWE and Reggaeton Star Don Omar Also Bow in Top 10
Not even George Dubya could stop the Dixie ChicksTaking the Long Way from a landslide victory on this week’s HITS album chart, as the gals kick up 515k in sales for a roaring first-place finish. Is it too early to nominate Natalie Maines for President?

Steve Barnett's Team Columbia did a bang-up job in getting the album on multiple media, including the cover of Time magazine, adulatory features in the L.A. and New York Times and appearances on 60 Minutes and Larry King.

A new limited edition of Walt Disney RecordsHigh School Musical surges to #2 with 154k, a staggering 93% rise.

RCA’s American Idol Season 5 Encore is one of four newcomers to the Top 10 at #3, followed by Suretone’s Angels and Airwaves, the new album from Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge and first release on Jordan Schur’s new label, which bows at #4 with 127k in sales. Columbia/CRG’s WWE Wreckless Intent (#8) and Machete Music’s reggaeton ruler Don Omar (#9) are the other debuts.

WB’s Red Hot Chili Peppers (#5), Lyric Street’s Rascal Flatts (#6), Arista’s resurgent Carrie Underwood (#23-7, +83%) and Volcano/ZLG’s Tool (#10) round out the Top 10.

Other Top 50 bows are registered by Mercury/IDJ Def Leppard covers album (#12), Maverick/WB’s The Wreckers, a country collaboration featuring Michelle Branch (#15) and Concord’s Michael Bolton swings Frank Sinatra tribute (#42).

The Academy of Country Music awards last week were responsible for several double-digit increases, including Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang (+33%), Carrie Underwood (+83%) and Capitol Nashville’s Keith Urban (#49-32, +39%) as well as the re-entry of albums by Arista Nashville’s Brad Paisley (#39) and Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today (#45). Other risers include Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (+12% thanks to multi-format play on two tracks) and WB’s Daniel Powter (#33-24, +21% after he played “Bad Day” live on American Idol).

There’s nothing noteworthy coming out this week, but a week from today, Interscope’s AFI and Lench Mob/Virgin’s Ice Cube will hit retail and seven days later, both will undoubtedly crack the Top 5.

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