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The band’s new release has been accompanied by much hoopla, including a four-star Rolling Stone rave and an adulatory Jon Pareles N.Y. Times Arts & Leisure feature.

ARCADE ON FIRE

Merge Records Act’s Third Album, The Suburbs, Will Challenge Eminem for Top Spot
The HITS album sales chart is about to get some Canadian content.

Red-hot Montreal band Arcade Fire’s third Merge Records album, The Suburbs, will challenge hip-hop superstar Eminem for the #1 spot on next week’s Top 50.

Based on one-day sales reports from those retail contacts foolish enough not to take a summer vacation, the band should do between 125-150k, which should beat out fellow indie band Vampire Weekend’s chart-topping total of 121k back in January. Arcade Fire’s last album, 2007’s Neon Bible, debuted with 92k. The band’s new release has been accompanied by much hoopla, including a four-star Rolling Stone rave and an adulatory Jon Pareles N.Y. Times Arts & Leisure feature.

Interscope’s Lady Gaga heads the list of the week’s other newcomers with a “remix” album that is on target for between 35-40k.

Rap-a-Lot/Fontana’s Bun B, the surviving member of the group UGK after the death of partner Pimp C, releases his solo album, Trill OG, which features contributions from his ex-bandmate as well as Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and Gucci Mane, along with producers J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Drumma Boy and Boi-1da. The disc looks on target for between 30-35k in sales.

Eleven Seven L.A. rockers Buckcherry return with All Night Long, the first release for the Grammy nominees since 2008’s Black Butterfly, and slated for between 25-30k, the same total as Silver Arrow’s Black Crowes album, Croweology, featuring mostly acoustic rearrangements of some of the band’s greatest hits.

Glassnote’s Secondhand Serenade is the week’s other debut, with a total between 8-12k for their third album, Hear Me Now.

The market was down 1% vs. last week, down 13% vs. same week last year and still down 12% year to date. You may now resume following our own viral phenomenon Lenny Beer (www.twitter.com/cliprboy) on Twitter (with thanks to Justin Bieber).

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