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This past week, the industry went up against last year’s debut of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which opened with 1.1m for the period ending May 29, which accounts for the downward trend.
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Even with 50-60% Drop, He Should Remain at #1; Spektor, Sharpe, Sigur Ros Debut
Next week’s HITS Album sales chart should be a case of Born again.

That’s because Columbia Records singer/songwriter/guitar-slinger and shaggy-haired heartthrob John Mayer looks likely to nab the top spot for a second straight appearance, with Born and Raised slated to sell around 50-60% less than the 220k he grabbed to make him #1.

The results are based on one-day sales figures from those retailers who haven’t turned their stores into Mitt Romney campaign headquarters.

As far as debuts go, Sire Russian alternative songstress Regina Spektor’s sixth studio album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, is slated for the highest finish, with a projected total of between 30-35k. Her previous album, Far, bowed with 50k in June ’09.

Vagrant SoCal neo-hippies Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, which goes through INgrooves Fontana, return with Here, the follow-up to their left-field 2009 success, Up from Below, slated for between 27-30k.

XL Icelandic avant-rockers Sigur RosValtari, their sixth album, is headed for between 20-23k.

RCA Atlanta rap trio Travis Porter is eyeing 12-15k for their debut album, From Day 1.

June begins a roll-out of major releases, including Usher (6/12), Justin Bieber and Kenny Chesney (6/19), as well as Linkin Park and Maroon 5 (6/26), with Chris Brown (7/3) and Zac Brown Band (7/10) both slated for July.

This past week, the industry went up against last year’s debut of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which opened with 1.1m for the period ending May 29, which accounts for the downward trend. 

Album sales were up 3% vs. last week, down 22% vs. same week last year and down 3% year to date.

Track sales were up 2% vs. last week, up 2% vs. same week last year and up 6% year to date.

TEA sales were up 3% vs. last week, down 15% vs. same week last year and flat year to date. 

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