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The market was up 13% vs. last week, up 7% vs. same week last year and now down 5% year to date, marking the sixth consecutive week that album sales have beat the corresponding week last year.
BRITNEY HAS A "HOLD”
ON TOP SPOT
Spears’ Femme Fatale Gives Jive Second #1 in a Row, With 275-300k
Britney’s back… and on top of the HITS’ Album chart for next week, as her new Jive/JLG album, Femme Fatale looks set to score sales in the 275-300k range.

The album has actually been well-received by some critics, earning a four-star review in Rolling Stone, while last night, she performed on Jimmy Kimmel and appeared in footage shot for Jackass 3 in which she was bungied while inside a porta-potty.

That gives RCA/Jive the #1 spot for the second week in a row. This week, the label held four out of the Top Five spots on the HITS Album sales chart.

The week’s real surprise is Atlantic hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers, which is on target for sales between 190-215k, coming off the smash single, “Black and Yellow,” now closing in on three million downloads, and the latest hit, “Roll Up,” closing in on 330k. He performed last night before 3,000 fans at a sold-out Roseland Ballroom in New York. As part of iTunes’ “Countdown to Rolling Papers” promotion, the rapper released the Benny Blanco-produced “No Sleep,” which shot to the top of the overall singles chart a day after it was released on the digital retail site.

The physical version of Radiohead’s The King of Limbs hit stores this week, on the band’s own TBD label through RED, with estimates in the 50-60k range, with the previous digital sales on their website not included.

Priority/Capitol/EMI’s Snoop Dogg album, Doggumentary, will bow with between 45-50k, while Columbia Grammy-winning gospel group Mary Mary’s Something Big will do in the 35-40k range.

The market was up 13% vs. last week, up 7% vs. same week last year and now down 5% year to date, marking the sixth consecutive week that album sales have beat the corresponding week last year. So crack open the bubbly and let’s settle on the correct spelling of Khadafy, Qadafi, Gaddafi or whatever his name is once and for all.

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