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Next week, the chart newcomers will be topped by Interscope’s Timbaland, Hollywood’s Hilary Duff, SBMG Nashville’s Martina McBride and Asylum’s Paul Wall, all expected to do 150k or better.

IT’S TIM TIME

McGraw Heads Seven Top 10 Newcomers, Including Now 24, Young Buck, Mims, Good Charlotte, Elton John and J.Lo
Keep the Faith and climb to the top of the chart Hill.

Curb country star Tim McGraw has a beautiful wife. He also has the week’s #1 album in Let It Go, which notches the second-highest first-week sales total of the year with 331k.

The son of the late Mets relief star Tug McGraw is one of seven debuts in the Top 10, which also includes EMI’s Now 24 (#2), G Unit/Interscope’s Young Buck (#3), Capitol rapper Mims (#4), Epic emo-punks Good Charlotte (#7), Island/IDJ’s Elton John #1 hits collection (#9) and Jennifer Lopez Epic Spanish-language effort, Como Ama Una Mujer (#10). For all you gringos, that means How to Love a Woman.

SRC/Universal Motown’s Akon, riding three straight hit singles at #5, RCA/RMG’s still-powerful Daughtry at #6 and Virgin’s Joss Stone at #8 are the Top 10’s lone holdovers.

Def Jam/IDJ’s veteran hip-hop artist Redman debuts at #12, leading a bevy of Top 50 newcomers, including Walt Disney’s Disneymania 5 (#13), Asylum/Atlantic’s Lil Flip (#16), Koch’s Prodigy (#22), Casablanca/Universal Republic’s Mika (#26), Reprise’s Stevie Nicks (#30), Big Machine’s Jack Ingram (#35), Koch’s Dogg Pound (#38), DRT Entertainment’s Clutch (#42), Roadrunner’s Machine Head (#44) and Universal Motown’s Kaiser Chiefs (#48).

Big story of the week is Gwen Stefani’s Interscope album, The Sweet Escape, which, buoyed by her American Idol appearance, goes #25-14 with a whopping 73% increase. Universal Republic’s Hinder also had a good week, up 27% at #33, while Big Machine’s Taylor Swift is up 14% at #37. Also up: Akon (2%), Universal Republic’s Amy Winehouse (#11, +1%), Arista/RMG’s Carrie Underwood (#17, +6%), Walt Disney’s Hannah Montana (#24, +4%) and Lyric Street’s perennial Rascal Flatts (+3%).

Next week, the chart newcomers will be topped by Interscope’s Timbaland, Hollywood’s Hilary Duff, SBMG Nashville’s Martina McBride and Asylum’s Paul Wall, all expected to do 150k or better.

REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
Team Lipman doubles up. (11/26a)
CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
TURKEY
Basting.
STUFFING
Stuffing.
YAMS
Candying.
PUMPKIN PIE
Stuffing (in face).
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