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Lil Wayne’s platinum-plus Tha Carter III and Coldplay’s million-selling Viva La Vida switched places this week, and could do the same next. Or not.
THREE INTO TWO WILL GO
Lil Wayne and Coldplay Battle for Top Slot, as Camp Rock Remains Top 3, Beck Debuts
Lil Wayne, Coldplay and Camp Rock will continue to dominate the top of next week’s chart, according to early retail reports from music sellers around this totally rad country of ours.

Lil Wayne’s platinum-plus Tha Carter III and Coldplay’s million-selling Viva La Vida switched places this week, and could do the same next. Or not. But they will be #1-2 in any case, with Hollywood’s Camp Rock riding the Jonas Brothers into the #3 spot, leaving the Top 3 the same for the fourth straight week.

Among next week’s newcomers, Beck’s much-ballyhooed DGC collaboration with Danger Mouse, Modern Guilt, compared by no less than the L.A. TimesAnn Powers to Pixar’s Wall-E, looks to be in the 70k range, which should be good enough for #4. Decca’s soundtrack to the film version of the ABBA movie Mamma Mia, which opens a week from Friday (7/18), could do 50k or even higher.

Maroon 5’s deluxe edition of their best-selling A&M/Octone album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, appears to be headed for first-week sales of 15k.  

The market was down 1% vs last week, down 13% vs same week last year and now down 11% year-to-date. You may now return to fantasizing about Madonna, A-Rod, C-Rod and Lenny Kravitz in a foursome.

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