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Last week’s chart-topper, Third Man/Columbia’s Jack White (#7), former #1 album Syco/Columbia’s One Direction (#8) and Columbia’s debuting The Music of Smash album (#9) give the label’s team of Stringer/Barnett four of the top nine.
CARRIE HER TO #1
Underwood’s Chart-Topping Debut Leads Six Debuts in Top 10; Norah Jones #2
This is one American Idol winner who has lived up to the hype.

19/Arista Nashville country queen Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, did just that to the competition, debuting at #1 with a whopping 273k in sales.

The Underwood album was just one of six newcomers to the Top 10, topping Blue Note/EMI Grammy winner Norah JonesDanger Mouse-produced departure, Little Broken Hearts, which enters at #2 with 106k.

The latest installment of Capitol/EMI’s Now series, 42 if you’re counting, bows at #3, giving the soon-to-be-part-of-UMG company two of the top three.

XL/Columbia U.K. chanteuse Adele’s long-running 21 continues its reign, the lone Top 5 holdover at #4, adding another 77k to a total which will go over 9 million next week.

Grand Hustle/Atlantic hip-hop star B.o.B’s Strange Clouds debuts at #5, with a robust 74k in sales, while Mercury Nashville’s Lionel Richie surprise smash, Tuskegee, moves #3-6.

Last week’s chart-topper, Third Man/Columbia’s Jack White (#7), former #1 album Syco/Columbia’s One Direction (#8) and Columbia’s debuting The Music of Smash album (#9) give the label’s team of Stringer/Barnett four of the top nine.

Downtown’s Marilyn Manson album, Born Villain, his indie bow, rounds out the Top 10.

Other Top 50 new entries include Hollywood’s Avengers Assemble soundtrack (#13), Atlantic’s Santigold (#19), UMe’s George Harrison Early Takes Vol. 1 (#25), Decca’s Rufus Wainwright (#41) and Machete Music’s Don Omar (#44).

The Beastie Boys’ classic Def Jam/IDJ album, Licensed to Ill, returns to the chart at #18 in the wake of founding member Adam Yauch’s passing last week, while Capitol/EMI’s Coldplay also returns at #48 after an American Idol performance, three sold-out Hollywood Bowl shows and an appearance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast Y Fiesta in Irvine, CA.

Universal Republic’s Florence + the Machine album Ceremonials is the week’s biggest double-digit gainer (#49-45, +23%), followed by Capitol Nashville/EMI’s Lady Antebellum (#42-37, +17%), Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#27-23, +15%) and Universal Republic’s Of Monsters and Men (#40-32, +11%).

Hitting stores this week are Epic’s Karmin, Columbia’s Sade live, Dangerbird’s Silversun Pickups, Columbia’s Mary Mary, Atlantic’s Tank and Interscope’s Keane.

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