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[Blige's purported #1 finish] was due, according to insiders, mainly to her appearance on a pair of retail circulars sent out by Anderson more than her shot on the Grammys singing "One" with Bono.

WILL MARY BE BACK ON TOP? CURIOUS, MANILOW VIE FOR #1

Mariah, Kelly See Grammy Sales Spikes, as Market is Up
It's going to be a very Happy Valentine's Day for Mary J. Blige, and not a bad one for Jack Johnson or Barry Manilow, either. Meanwhile, sweetheart divas Mariah and Kelly will both be tasting chart chocolates this week with impressive Grammy sales bumps.

Geffen diva Blige's The Breakthrough looks headed for the 145k mark, about a 20% rise over the week before. This was due, according to insiders, mainly to her appearance on a pair of retail circulars sent out by Anderson more than her shot on the Grammys singing "One" with Bono.  That should be good enough to put her back at #1, though Jack Johnson's Universal Records Curious George soundtrack will debut at approximately 142k in sales, which would put it neck-and-monkey paw with Blige for the top slot.

That Copacabana guy, Barry Manilow, last week's #1, continues strong with a spate of TV appearances, including a command performance at Clive's gala pre-Grammy bash, at #3, with around 138k in sales, give or take a few K's.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli sees his Decca/Universal Classics album slated for another 118-120k, which would place him at #4, while So So Def/Virgin's Dem Franchize Boyz, the Atlanta-based "Kings of Snap," the new Dirty sound from Jermaine Dupri, nail a #5 debut with around 100k in first-week sales.

Former #1, Columbia/CRG international popoperatists Il Divo would seem to be up next, with 96k, which would be good for #6, while Mariah Carey shows an impressive jump from last week's 47k to 89k, making her #7, even though she didn't take home any of the major category Grammys.

Hip-hop hubbie Eminem remains strong with another 82k for his Curtain Call at #8, while Jamie Foxx is down slightly with his J/RMG bow at #9 and 81k.

Finally, two-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson stops her sobbing long enough to register an impressive 100% gain from 39k to 79k, which would put her in a virtual deadlock for the 10-spot with an odds-on favorite for Best New Artist next year, Custard/Atlantic troubadour James Blunt.

As always, these are preliminary figures. They could change. But go to the water cooler right now and impress your friends how you know the chart numbers a day before they come out. Just tell 'em hitsdailydouble.com tipped ya. And keep checking our on-site building sales chart to make sure you stay on top of your competition.

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)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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