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Next week’s chart is all about Jive/ZLG’s Britney Spears, whose new Circus album hit the streets on Tuesday and, from preliminary reports, is exceeding all expectations.

YES HE KANYE!

Guns N’ Roses, Ludacris and The Killers Bow in the Top 10, Britney Off to Fast Start
Kanye West’s ego has landed…at #1 on this week’s HITS Album chart.

His new Roc-a-Fella/IDJ release, 808s & Heartbreak, a stripped-down, somber affair using Auto-Tune and synthesizers, sells 443k this week, good enough to turn back Taylor Swift’s Big Machine album Fearless, solid at #2 with 257k, up 23%.

Geffen’s long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy, bows at #3, racking up 255k in sales, just ahead of last week’s chart-topper, Beyonce’s Columbia two-CD set, I Am… Sasha Fierce, which drops to #4.

Two more of IDJ ruler L.A. Reid’s Monday power trio follow, as DTP/Def Jam/IDJ rapper LudacrisTheater of the Mind enters at #5, with 213k, while The KillersDay & Age bows at #6, and 190k.

Roadrunner’s Nickelback (#7), Atlantic’s Twilight soundtrack (#8, +38%), UMe’s Now 29 (#9, +22%) and 19/RCA/RMG’s David Cook (#10) round out the Top 10. Disney’s High School Musical: Senior Year, at #11 (+15%), is also in six figures with 100k.

Other debuts are registered by the Capitol Records Coldplay EP, Prospekt’s March (#13), Arista/RMG’s Barry Manilow (#15), Capitol Nashville’s Trace Adkins (#30), Reprise hip-hop veteran E-40 (#38), WB’s Linkin Park live album (#43) and UMe’s Now Essential Christmas (#44).

Others gaining more than 50% include Columbia’s Harry Connick Jr. (#44-28, +73%), Capitol’s Coldplay (#50-36, +72%), Taylor Swift’s Big Machine debut (+38-25, + 70%), Hollywood’s Jonas Brothers (#27-24, +69%) and Miley Cyrus (#25-21, +66%), RPM/SMEI’s Tony Bennett (#41-31, +66%), Provident/Reunion’s Casting Crowns (#40-34, +52%) and LaFace/ZLG’s P!nk (#20, +51%).

Next week’s chart is all about Jive/ZLG’s Britney Spears, whose new Circus album hit the streets on Tuesday and, from preliminary reports, is exceeding all expectations, with a flurry of positive press, an MTV documentary, an announced tour and a performance on Good Morning America that wowed Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. Also on tap, the new album from SRC/Universal Motown’s Akon, Freedom.

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