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Red has had two previous albums, 2006’s End of Silence and 2009’s Innocence & Instincts, both earning noms for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.

RED ROCKS!

Nicki Tops a Million, Ricky Martin, The Civil Wars, Bob Marley Debut
It’s Grammy week, and the superstars at the top of this week’s chart are two-time nominees, Red Ink Christian rock act Red, with their third album, Until We Have Faces, which sells 44k.

Red, sometimes stylized as RED or R3D, has had two previous albums, 2006’s End of Silence and 2009’s Innocence & Instincts, both earning noms for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.

Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Nicki Minaj is the top holdover, holding steady at #2, with 42k for the best-selling Pink Friday, now over 1 million.

Sony Music Latin Grammy fave Ricky Martin is the other Top 5 new entry at #3 with Musica + Almo + Sexo which seems to equal sales in any language.

New Elektra’s Bruno Mars (#4) and Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (#13-5, +17%) round out the Top 5. Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#12-6, +5%) continues strong, followed by Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kids (#7), Big Machine’s Taylor Swift (#8) and LaFace/JLG’s Pink (#9).

Sensibility Music’s The Civil Wars, the duo formed by veteran Christian singer Joy Williams and John Paul White, debut at #10, with 24k, thanks to an iTunes free Single of the Week, a Leno appearance and early belief from CMT.

Tuff Gong/Island/IDJ’s Bob Marley live album, recorded at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theatre in 1980, is the next top chart newcomer at #11.

Other new Top 50 entries include Verity/JLG’s Wow Gospel 2011 (#31) and Reprise’s Janedear Girls (#49).

Among the chart re-entries is Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber Acoustic (#46), a Wal-Mart exclusive now available digitally for the first time, thanks to a flurry of activity, including Grammy buzz, his upcoming biopic, an SNL appearance and more.

The week’s biggest gainers are Bieber’s My World 2.0 (#26-16, +41%), Interscope’s Black Eyed Peas Beginning (#27-18, +36%), J/RMG’s Jamie Foxx (#25-15, +35%), Geffen’s Keyshia Cole (#37-30, +26%) and Cash Money/Universal Motown’s Lil Wayne (#32-25, +25%).

Next week, look for Capitol/EMI to score their third #1 album of the young year with Now 37, which comes out today.

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