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His new Tony Brown-produced effort Troubadour will be his fourth to top the HITS Album Sales chart, and first since Somewhere Down in Texas, with a total that should be between 160-170k.

STRAIT UP, NO CHASER

Veteran MCA Nashville Country Star’s Latest Looks Like Another Chart-Topper, R.E.M. Eyes #2
MCA Nashville country star George Strait knows what it’s like to have his albums top the country charts, which he’s done 18 times in his career, the last five in a row.

His new Tony Brown-produced effort Troubadour will be his fourth to top the HITS Album Sales chart, and first since Somewhere Down in Texas, with a total that should be between 160-170k. Somewhere Down in Texas debuted with 242k in sales in July, 2005.

R.E.M.’s new Warner Bros. album Accelerate, being touted as a return to their early, rock days, looks on target for between 90-100k, which may well be good enough for #2, but is definitely Top 5.

Other chart debuts will be registered by Slip-N-Slide/EMI’s Trina (45-50k); Interscope’s soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert movie, Shine a Light (35k, but could go more with this weekend’s opening); Asylum veteran alternametal rockers Sevendust’s Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow (35-40k); Lost Highway legend Van Morrison’s Keep It Simple (35k, giving Universal Nashville chief Luke Lewis another chart entry alongside Strait); George Michael’s Sony Legacy greatest hits package Twenty Five (25k); Koch's In Flames with Sense of Purpose (25k), and 604/Roadrunner British Columbia rockers (and Chad Kroeger signing) Theory of a Deadman’s Scars and Souvenirs (20-25k).

The overall market was down 13% vs. last week’s Easter rush, down 16% vs. same week last year and now down 11% to date. You may now return to Rickrolling the Scientology website.

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