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Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach comes out on Virgin amidst all the turmoil at parent company EMI, with rave reviews and a very impressive first-week total between 90-100k.
LUDACRIS WINS THE CHART BATTLE
DTP/Def Jam/IDJ Rap Star Will Debut at #1 with 120k, Lady Antebellum, Gorillaz, Hendrix Could Top 100k
Ludacris seems to be everywhere these days, and next week, he’ll be atop the HITS’ Album Sales Chart, according to one-day sales reports from those retailers whose BlackBerry text functions are still turned on.

Riding high on hit collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and labelmate Taio Cruz (the #1 download, "Break Your Heart"), the DTP/Def Jam/IDJ hip-hop superstar-turned-actor will debut at #1 next Tuesday, with approximately 120k in sales for his latest, Battle of the Sexes. The album boasts current hit singles “How Low” and “My Chick Bad,” the latter featuring Minaj. His seventh studio album also includes cameos from Shawnna, Lil Scrappy, Trey Songz, Lil’ Kim, Gucci Mane, Monica and Ne-Yo, among others. 

This week’s chart-topper, Lady Antebellum will battle it out with two newcomers for the next three positions, all in the six-figure range. GorillazPlastic Beach comes out on Virgin amidst all the turmoil at parent company EMI, with rave reviews and a very impressive first-week total between 90-100k, the same range as Experience Hendrix/Legacy’s Jimi Hendrix album Valleys of Neptune, previously unreleased tracks recorded mostly during the years ’69-’70 just before his death in Sept. 1970, while transitioning from his old Experience to Band of Gypsys, his new group featuring bassist Billy Cox.

Sony's catalog division released the rest of the guitar god's studio recordings this week as well in expanded CD + DVD format, including Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland and the posthumous First Rays of the New Rising Sun.

MCA Nashville’s Gary Allan is on target for between 55-60k, while Columbia’s Broken Bells, the impressive new pairing of The ShinsJames Mercer and Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, should do in the 35-40k range.

The market was up 5% vs. last week, down 11% vs. same week last year and down 8% year to date. But who cares when Howard Stern is hosting the Tiger Woods Mistress Beauty Pageant?

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