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Next week, look for Open Road/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks to reach 400k, with an outside shot at 450k, followed by Walt Disney Records’ limited edition High School Musical (125-150k).

RED HOT IN THE BLACK

Chili Peppers Spend a Second Week at #1, as Killa Season soundtrack, Ashley Parker Angel and The Raconteurs Make Top 10 Bows
They’re still on higher ground on the charts.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers retained enough sizzle to return to the #1 slot on this week’s HITS Top 50 with a total of 156k.

That was more than enough to beat back the chart’s biggest debut, Asylum/Atlantic’s original soundtrack to the direct-to-DVD release of Killa Season, featuring top rapper Cam’ron, which bowed at #2 with 113k in sales, giving WMG the top two slots.

Blackground/Universal Motown’s boy band/reality TV grad Ashley Parker Angel was the other newcomer to the Top 5, debuting at #5 behind Volcano/Zomba’s Tool (#3) and Walt Disney RecordsHigh School Musical (#4).

White Stripes ruler Jack White and singer-songwriter pal Brendan Benson’s The Raconteurs showed some real strength for their V2 album, debuting at #7 with 62k in sales, just behind Lyric Street’s Rascal Flatts (#6) and ahead of UTV’s Now 21 (#8).  Jive/ZLG’s Nick Lachey (#9) and J Records Pearl Jam (#10) round out the Top 10.

Other chart newcomers include Island/IDJ’s Hoobastank (#11) and Def Jam/IDJ’s Christina Milian (#12), while Universal’s Blue October re-entered at #47 on the heels of radio airplay for “Hate Me.”

Several albums showed upward chart mobility, including Downtown/Atlantic’s Gnarls Barkley (#23-14), Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (#20-15, on the strength of the hit single, “S.O.S.”),  Roadrunner/IDJ’s Nickelback (#29-21), Fueled by Ramen’s Panic! at the Disco (#46-31) and Epic’s The Fray (#45-36).

Next week, look for Open Wide/Columbia’s Dixie Chicks to reach 400k, with an outside shot at 450k, followed by Walt Disney Records’ limited edition High School Musical (125-150k), Geffen’s Angels and Airwaves, the offshoot group of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge (75k-100k), RCA’s American Idols compilation (85-100k) and Maverick/WB’s Wreckers, a country-rock project featuring Michele Branch (65-70k).

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