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Expect the overall sales picture to lose a little ground over the next couple of weeks as we go up against two of last year's biggest debuts in Drake (447k) and Eminem (741k).
EVIL BEATS GOOD?
Eminem’s Bad Meets Evil Has Slight Edge Over Jackie Evancho for #1
The battle for #1 on next week’s chart amounts to a passion play.

Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel, the Shady/Interscope collaboration between Eminem and his old Detroit hip-hop pal Royce Da 5’9”, gets the slight edge for #1 on next week’s HITS Album chart with estimated sales of between 150-160k over Columbia 11-year-old America’s Got Talent prodigy Jackie Evancho’s Dream With Me, now in the 140-150k range. This is one horse race that won’t be decided until sales trends become clearer later in the week.

That’s based on one-day sales from those music retailers around the country who aren’t busy stocking up on “Anthony Weiner Faces Stiff Opposition” T-shirts.

Next highest debut will be Universal Republic’s Owl City—singer-songwriter Adam Young—with All Things Bright and Beautiful, the follow-up to the 2009 breakthrough Ocean Eyes and its #1 smash, “Fireflies.” Look for it to sell between 50-55k.

Stiletto Entertainment’s Barry Manilow album, 15 Minutes, his first studio effort in seven years and a meditation on fame, is on target for 25-30k through Fontana.

Jason Flom’s latest signing, Lava/Universal Republic’s Hollywood neoglam-rockers Black Veil Brides look to Set the World on Fire with their major label debut, with estimate of first week sales between 20-25k, the same number as Capitol/EMI’s Now Country 4.

The market was flat vs. last week, down 2% vs. same week last year and now back down to flat (“the new up”) year to date.

Expect the overall sales picture to lose a little ground over the next couple of weeks as we go up against two of last year's biggest debuts in Drake (447k) and Eminem (741k).

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