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[Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough]looks set to return to the #1 slot on next Tuesday's chart with between 150-160k in sales.
GRAMMYS, VALENTINE'S DAY STOKING RETAIL FIRES
Mary J. Blige, Manilow Look Like 1-2, Curious George Top Debut
The combination of this week's Grammys and Valentine's Day on Tuesday should result in some welcome street traffic at record retailers this weekend. Just in the nick of time.

Geffen diva Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough is the chief recipient of Grammy buzz, as her performance of  "One" with Bono on the show is helping boost her album approximately 33% for the second week in a row. The disc looks set to return to the #1 slot on next Tuesday's chart with between 150-160k in sales.

Of course, don't bet the house on it, because these are just estimates based on our scientific survey of retailers around the country, and they've been known to fudge the facts on occasion. Hey, just kidding.

The ageless Barry Manilow is off just a bit from his chart-topping total of a week ago, but it's enough to land his Arista compilation, Greatest Songs of the Fifties, at #2, with around 125-135k in one-week sales.

Jack Johnson's Universal Records Curious George soundtrack is right on target for the 110-120k mark, good for the week's top debut and a #3 finish.

Grammy performer Jamie Foxx's duet on "Gold Digger" with Kanye West in matching marching band uniforms didn't seem to deflate his sex symbol status, as his J Records Unpredictable album continues to be predictable, earning the #4 position with 100-105k in sales.

Popera stars Il Divo continue to warble at #5, as Ancora drums up between 95-100k in units moved. Decca/Universal Classics' maestro Andrea Bocelli, who could probably fit all the members of Il Divo in his beard, has the perfect Valentine's Day title of Amore, which will go down the wire with his operatic competition.

Island/IDJ diva Mariah Carey, a three-time Grammy winner, will have to soothe her hurt at losing to U2 in Album of the Year with an impressive total of 80-85k, almost twice her digits a week ago of 46.6k, which would be good for #7.

Dem Franchize Boyz, So So Def/Virgin's Kings of "Snap," the latest Dirty South variation on Crunk and another Jermaine Dupri success story, will bow at #8 with 75-80k.

Even with the American Idol snub in her acceptance speech, RCA pop diva Kelly Clarkson's two Grammys are reviving her Breakaway album with 70-75k in sales, a 100% rise, good for #9 at the moment.

Finally, two albums round out the Top 10, going head-to-head into the final stretch, with Walt Disney Records' High School Musical soundtrack and Custard/Atlantic U.K. phenom James Blunt battling it out for #10 at 60-65k apiece.

Thanks to HITS ace retail reporter Rob Broadwell for the estimates. In other words, if they don't pan out, blame him.

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