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Next week, it’s all about Mariah Carey’s Island album, E=MC2, poised to break the year’s single season debut for sales after appearances this week on Oprah and a pair of American Idol shows.

LEONA’S GOT THE SPIRIT

J/Syco Music Superstar “Bleeding” the Pack on HITS Album Sales Chart
X marks the spot.

Leona Lewis, winner of Simon Cowell’s televised U.K. talent competition X Factor, debuts at #1 this week with her J/Syco Music/RMG debut, Spirit.

Lewis is the latest diva in Clive Davis’ stable, topping the charts with the hit single, “Bleeding Love,” which led to an impressive total of 209k in sales.

Warner Bros. Nashville’s James Otto bows at #2 with Sunset Man, which chalks up 59k.

INO/Columbia Christian SoCal rockers P.O.D.’s When Angels and Serpents Dance (#6) and Koch R&B star Ray J’s All I Feel (#8) are the other two newcomers to the Top 10.

Last week’s #1, MCA Nashville country icon George Strait’s Troubadour drops to #3, followed by SBMG/Commercial Music Group’s Now 27 (#4), Warner Bros.R.E.M. (#5), Razor & Tie’s Alvin & the Chipmunks soundtrack (#7), Def Jam/IDJ’s Rick Ross (#9) and Bad Boy/Atlantic’s Danity Kane (#10) round out the Top 10.

Null Corporation industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails’ instrumental album, Ghosts I-IV, distributed by R.E.D., leads a group of chart newcomers at #17. Other first-time entries include Hollywood singer-songwriter chanteuse Marie Digby (#24) and Island rock super group Ashes Divide (#34).

WB’s Linkin Park (#46), Fueled by Ramen’s Paramore (#49) and ERC’s The Eagles (#50) all return to the Top 50.

RCA’s Daughtry leads the week’s double-digit gainers, moving #38-16, +43%, thanks to his performance on last week’s American Idol Gives Back special while another ex-Idol alum, 19/Jive/ZLG’s Jordin Sparks capitalizes on her performance on the show to move #32-15, +31%. WB’s Jack White/Brendan Benson collab, the Raconteurs, climbs #24-13, +18%.

Next week, it’s all about Mariah Carey’s Island album, E=MC2, poised to break the year’s single season debut for sales after appearances this week on Oprah and a pair of American Idol shows.

Also look for sales spikes from the CMT Award winners, including Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Kellie Pickler and Trace Adkins.

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