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With brisk foot traffic across the country this Father’s Day weekend, there's no telling how much highter Tha Carter III could go.

WEEZY’S THE ONE!

New Lil Wayne Album Will be Year’s Biggest Debut, Targeted for 900k+
In Weezy we trust.

The music industry finally has something to shout about.

Thanks to an unprecedented pre-release blitz and the smash single, "Lollipop," Lil Wayne’s eagerly awaited Cash Money/Universal Motown release Tha Carter III is on target to sell more than 900k albums this week, almost twice as much as the previous record-holder, Mariah Carey’s E=MC2, which debuted with 475k last April. That’s based on one-day sales reports from beleaguered music retailers grateful for a little hot fun in the summertime.

With brisk foot traffic across the country this Father’s Day weekend, there's no telling how much highter Tha Carter III could go. Not bad for an album which leaked all over the web last week.

It’s the biggest debut week ever for Sylvia Rhone’s Universal Motown, topping Nelly’s total of 714k back in June ’02.

Slip N Slide/Atlantic Tampa rapper PliesDefinition of Real, which includes guest appearances from Ne-Yo, J. Holiday, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx and The-Dream, looks to be in the 225-250k area. The prolific hip-hop artist is reportedly about to drop a second disc by the end of the year.

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s band alter ego (with Shay Haley) N.E.R.D. come out with Seeing Sounds, their first album for Interscope, which will sell about 90k, give or take.

Rock crit and Louisville jam band acolytes My Morning Jacket are receiving big buzz for their latest on ATO, Evil Urges, which could do as much as 50k in first-week sales.

Alanis Morissette gets over the loss of boyfriend Ryan Reynolds to Scarlett Johansson with her new Maverick/Reprise album, Flavors of Entanglement, by consoling herself with 45-50k in sales.

Hitting retail on Tuesday is Coldplay’s Viva La Vida on Capitol, with EMI’s immediate future banking on its success.

Don’t feel too much pressure on yourself, Chris Martin.

The market was up 5% vs last week, down 14% vs same week last year and now down 11% year-to-date. We now return you to your regularly scheduled web-surfing for porn.
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