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Circle Feb. 5 as the next big release date on tap, with Brushfire/Universal Republic’s Jack Johnson, Interscope’s Sheryl Crow and Virgin’s Lenny Kravitz scheduled to hit the streets.
SOMEWHERE OVER IN RAINBOWS
Radiohead Climbs to Top, Thanks to Digital Sales; Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige Trail
Radiohead received yet another vote of confidence from fans less than three months after releasing their new album, In Rainbows, digitally, on Oct. 10.

The physical edition of the disc, available on their own TBD label through Coran Capshaw’s ATO (distributed by RED), sold 116k, enough to make it #1 on HITS’ first Album chart of the year.

Ironically, almost 25% of that total came at digital retail, strange since the album has been available in MP3 form from its original, revolutionary “pay-what-you-want” online release last fall.

That was more than enough to turn back J Records’ diva Alicia Keys, whose As I Am is at #2, with 110k in sales, followed by fellow songstress, Geffen’s Mary J. Blige, at #3 and 80k.

EMM’s Now 26 (#4) and Big Machine’s Grammy New Artist nominee, country teen phenom Taylor  Swift (#5) rounds out the leader board.

Rhino’s Juno soundtrack is turning into this year’s Garden State, debuting at #7, largely on the strength of digital sales, since the physical copy is just hitting retail.

The rest of the Top 10 includes Pearl’s Garth Brooks (#6), ERC’s  Eagles Wal-Mart exclusive (#8), Universal Republic new artist MySpace success story Colbie Caillat (#9) and Jive/ZLG’s high-stepping Chris Brown (#10).

Juno leads a number of soundtracks in the Top 25, including Razor & Tie’s surprise breakthrough Alvin & the Chipmunks (#11), Nonesuch’s Sweeney Todd (with a #12 debut), Disney’s Hannah Montana 2 (#17) and High School Musical 2 (#21).

Other strong movers include Interscope’s OneRepublic (#14), riding holiday airplay for their smash single, “Apologize,” Fueled by Ramen’s Grammy New Artist nominee Paramore (#23), Hollywood’s Jonas Brothers (#24) and Epic’s Sara Bareilles (#27). Rounder’s critically kudoed Robert Plant & Alison Krauss collab, Raising Sand, also retains its momentum into the new year. (#30).

A couple of the year’s biggest breakthroughs, Universal Republic’s Amy Winehouse (#42) and Interscope’s Feist (#47), continue to rebound, as does RCA Best Album candidate Foo Fighters (#49).

Circle Feb. 5 as the next big release date on tap, with Brushfire/Universal Republic’s Jack Johnson, Interscope’s Sheryl Crow and Virgin’s Lenny Kravitz scheduled to hit the streets.

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