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Next week, look for Brushfire/Universal Republic’s Jack Johnson to dominate the chart, with other debuts from A&M’s Sheryl Crow, Virgin’s Lenny Kravitz and Hear Music/Concord’s Kenny G.
KEYS TAKES BACK #1 FROM JUNO
2008 Grammy Nominees album, Bullet For My Valentine, Mars Volta and Hannah Dance Party Debut in Top 10
Alicia Keys will be front and center at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy bash this Saturday night, and why not?

The J Records diva’s As I Am continues its roll through the new year, by leapfrogging Rhino’s Juno soundtrack to regain #1 on the HITS Album chart with 63k in sales.

And Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow has extra reason to be happy as Hip-O/UMe’s 2008 Grammy Nominees compilation debuts at #3, one of four newcomers to the Top 10, with a not-bad-at-all 52k.

Jive/ZLG’s Bullet for My Valentine, which is going through RED, enters at #4, Universal Motown prog-rockers Mars Volta’s Bedlam in Goliath debuts at #6 and Disney’s Hannah Montana 2 cottage industry continues apace with the Non-Stop Dance Party remix album landing at #7, fueled in part by last week’s box-office-topping 3D movie.

Holdovers in the Top 10 include Geffen icon Mary J. Blige’s Growing Pains (#5), Geffen’s Keyshia Cole, up an impressive 20% at #8, Disney’s Hannah Montana 2, up 23% at #9, and Big Machine Grammy New Artist nominee Taylor Swift at #10.

Other newcomers include pop songstress Sarah Brightman's Manhattan album, Symphony, her highest U.S. chart debut ever,  the self-declared “Upper West Side Soweto” sound of XL/Beggars’ blogosphere faves Vampire Weekend, another entry in manager Ian Montone’s tres hip stable (White Stripes, M.I.A., The Shins), at #20 and Lost Highway/IDJ’s Shelby Lynne with her much-touted Dusty Springfield tribute Just a Little Lovin’, bowing at #44.

The week’s big gainer is Capitol’s J. Holiday (#43-26, +44%), followed by Epic’s surging Sara Bareilles (#21-16, 42%). Other winners include Eleven Seven’s Buckcherry (#48-41, +35%), Def Jam/IDJ’s The-Dream (#41-33, +29%), Gospocentric’s Kirk Franklin (#45-39, +25%) and Interscope’s Soulja Boy Tell’Em (#36-30, +20%).

Next week, look for Brushfire/Universal Republic’s Jack Johnson to dominate the chart, with other debuts from A&M’s Sheryl Crow, Virgin’s Lenny Kravitz and Hear Music/Concord’s Kenny G.

With both the Grammy and Valentine’s Day sales spikes on tap, things are finally looking up, at least for the time being.

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