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The market was down 6% vs. last week, down 16% vs. same week last year and still down 12% year to date.
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Look for One More Week at the Top for Hip-Hop Artist Before Katy Perry Rolls In
Would we lie to you? Well, sometimes we might, but you love the way we lie, right? So does Eminem.

For the seventh time in nine weeks, the rap star’s Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album Recovery will top the HITS’ Top 50 next week, but that should be his last one, as Capitol/EMI’s Katy Perry hits next Tuesday (8/24) with Teenage Dream, and should enter at #1 on the last chart in August.

That’s based on first-day sales figures from music retailers not applying to be JetBlue flight attendants.

Universal Motown Nashville-born, Detroit-raised R&B star Kem’s Intimacy: Album III, should be the week’s best-selling newcomer, with anywhere between 75-80k for his third release.

Veteran UMe metal group Iron Maiden are back with The Final Frontier, which seems headed for the 65-70k range as the U.K. band celebrates 35 years in the business.

RCA/RED grizzled folkie Ray LaMontagne’s fourth album, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, currently #1 at iTunes, despite the Apple music store yanking visibility after Amazon put it on its $3.99 Daily Special (see HITS Rumor Mill item here) is right behind it with 60-65k.

Show Dog country artist Trace Adkins is next with an estimated 45-50k for his album, Cowboy’s Back in Town.

Mercer Street/Downtown artist David Gray’s Foundlin is up next, with a projected total of 20-25k in sales, with the deluxe edition of the album currently #3 at iTunes. That’s the same total predicted for Rounder’s new critically acclaimed John Mellencamp album, No Better Than This, produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in such historical locations as the Sun Studios in Memphis and a San Antonio hotel room where the great Robert Johnson cut his legendary 16 blues songs.

Disney Pearl’s Grammy contender Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin should do between 10-15k, with Rocket Science’s new Filter album in the 6-8k range.

The market was down 6% vs. last week, down 16% vs. same week last year and still down 12% year to date.

And you’re worried about building a Muslim mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero.


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