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The market was up 12% vs. last week...of course, almost one out of five of those albums sold were by Taylor Swift.
SWIFT REIGNS, ALDEAN DEBUTS AS COUNTRY RULES
Jason Aldean Represents Seventh Country Artist in a Row with Top Sales Debut
The fourth quarter finally got underway with this week's million-selling, chart-topping debut by Taylor Swift, who will certainly get another week at #1.

Based on one-day sales from those music retailers not trying to star whack Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, next week's top debut go to Broken Bow artist Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party, which is certainly not about the Republicans, but should do between 175-200k anyway.

That makes it the seventh straight week a country performer will have scored the week's top debut.

Next up, Mariah Carey gives birth to her Island/IDJ holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, expected to sell in the 50-60k range for the mom-to-be. 

Neil Diamond's self-produced Columbia album, Dreams, finds him covering classics like "Ain't No Sunshine," "Blackbird," "MIdnight Train to Georgia," "Desperado" and "A Song for You" as well as a version of his own "I'm a Believer," originally performed by the Monkees. The album, which will hopefully provide some momentum for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction bid, should be around 30-35k.

Fader's Brooklyn indie phenoms Matt & Kim are back with a projected 20-25k for their latest, Sidewalks, the same total on tap for Arista Nashville country star Brad Paisley's Hits Alive package.

Cherrytree/Interscope Neptunes rock spinoff N.E.R.D. returns with Nothing, which should do 17-20k in sales, as will Good Charlotte with their Capitol/EMI debut, Cardiology.

The market was up 12% vs. last week (of course, almost one out of five of those albums sold were by Taylor Swift), down 8% vs. same week last year and still down 13% year to date. You may now return to attempting to locate President Obama's coattails.


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