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Next week, J Records' Rod Stewart, Sony BMG Nashville's Jimmy Buffett, G Unit/Interscope's Lloyd Banks, Rowdy/Universal Motown's Sammie, a Christmas album from SBMG Nashville's Brad Paisley and a Deutsche Grammophon album featuring Sting with strings hit retail shelves.
EVANESCENCE OPENS UP
CHART DOOR
Wind-up’s #1 Debut Could Hit 400k, The Killers, George Strait, Beck, Monica and Jet Also Headed for Bows
There’s nothing evanescent about Evanescence.

Amy Lee’s reconstituted goth band is targeted for the #1 spot on next week’s chart with Wind-up’s The Open Door headed for anywhere between 375-400k, based on first-day sales figures from all retailers still taking our calls. That’ll be good enough to top Island Vegas rockers The KillersSam’s Town, which appears bound for a #2 debut, with upwards of 320k.

MCA Nashville’s George Strait is right behind those two with an estimated 260-280k for his latest, It Just Comes Natural. He can say that again. Interscope’s Beck comes with The Information, which looks headed for 100k, as does J diva Monica’s The Makings of Me.

Elektra’s Jet (50-60k), RCA Nashville’s Chris Young (40-50k) and Verity gospel great Fred Hammond (30-35k) are also assured of Top 50 debuts. Also on tap: Concord's Ray Charles/Count Basie posthumous collaboration (30k), Virgin's Sleepy Brown (25k) and Interscope blue-eyed soul man Robin Thicke (15-20k).

Next week, J Records' Rod Stewart, Sony BMG Nashville's Jimmy Buffett, G Unit/ Interscope's Lloyd Banks, Rowdy/Universal Motown's Sammie, a Christmas album from SBMG Nashville's Brad Paisley and a Deutsche Grammophon album featuring Sting with strings hit retail shelves.

Overall, the market was up 3% vs. last week, down 4% vs. same week last year and now down a little over 5% to date.

REVENUE CHART:
DOUBLE DIVAS
The song we needed (6/4a)
IMPACTING NOW: THE PROMOTION COALITION
The buddy system in action (6/4a)
IN “BLACK LIKE ME,”
MICKEY GUYTON
NUDGES AMERICA’S CONSCIENCE
Making it real in Music City (6/4a)
A CHROMATIC TOP 20
Bringing joy to a world that desperately needs it (6/4a)
BROWN PUSHES FOR A "BEAUTIFUL" WORLD
Kane is able. (6/4a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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