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Capitol Nashville’s Lady Antebellum rounds out the leaderboard at #5, up 13%, giving EMI Music two of the Top 5 and some much-needed momentum at a crucial time.
HOUSE OF USHER!
Badu, Alan Jackson Bow in Top 10, as Chipmunks, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift Register Major Gains
With multiple singles on Urban and Rhythm radio, Usher turns that listening audience into chart success, debuting at #1 with his new LaFace/JLG album, Raymond v Raymond, which bows on sales of 346k.

The total is enough to turn back last week’s champ, Island/IDJ’s Justin Bieber, as My World 2.0 chalks up another 292k, a rise of 4% from his debut, thanks to a brisk Easter weekend…and plenty of iTunes gift cards, sending him up to 570k+ in just two weeks.

Capitol/EMI’s Now 33 remains steady as she goes at #3, with 125k, giving the Top 10 four albums boasting six-figure sales.

Universal Motown’s Erykah Badu, fresh from a stint waltzing naked through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza for her new video, “Window Seat,” bows at #4 with 113k in sales for New Amerykah, Part Two. The other Top 10 newcomer is Arista Nashville’s Alan Jackson, with his new album, Freight Train, debuting at #7 while racking up 73k in sales.

Capitol Nashville’s Lady Antebellum rounds out the leaderboard at #5, up 13%, giving EMI Music two of the Top 5 and some much-needed momentum at a crucial time.

J Records/RMG’s Monica (#6), Island/IDJ’s Bieber debut (#8, +55%), Interscope’s Lady Gaga The Fame album (#9, +25%) and Black Eyed Peas (#10, +30%) complete the Top 10.

Def Jam/IDJ’s Meth + Ghost + Rae, a reunion of Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, enters at #12, as does Raisin’/EMI Label ServicesBarenaked Ladies (#21), Disney’s Radio Disney Jams 12 (#26), Redneck’s Gretchen Wilson (#33) and Columbia’s Robin Williams album from his HBO special, Weapons of Self Destruction (#48).

Hollywood’s Miley Cyrus (#36) and Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#49) both return to the Top 50.

Biggest gainer of the week is Rhino’s Alvin & the Chipmunks The Squeaquel soundtrack, which moves #30-17, +112% on the strength of the DVD release.

Other strong moves are registered by Hollywood’s Selena Gomez and the Scene (#33-22, +91%), Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop 17 (#43-29, +67%) and Big Machine’s Taylor Swift (#21-15, +62%).

Hitting stores this week are Dik Hayd/EMI Label Svcs.’ Slash, WB’s Madonna live CD/DVD and Verve/UMe’s Peter Wolf.

REVENUE CHART:
DOUBLE DIVAS
The song we needed (6/4a)
IMPACTING NOW: THE PROMOTION COALITION
The buddy system in action (6/4a)
IN “BLACK LIKE ME,”
MICKEY GUYTON
NUDGES AMERICA’S CONSCIENCE
Making it real in Music City (6/4a)
A CHROMATIC TOP 20
Bringing joy to a world that desperately needs it (6/4a)
BROWN PUSHES FOR A "BEAUTIFUL" WORLD
Kane is able. (6/4a)
WHAT NEXT?
The biz ponders action after some reflection.
GRAMMY SPECULATION
100% guaranteed to be somewhat accurate, probably.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
...continues.
TRUMP'S IN THE BUNKER
Just to inspect it, though.
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