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The market was down 1% vs. last week, down 11% vs. same week last year and still down 10% year to date.
IN GODSMACK WE TRUST
Veteran Universal Republic Band Will Vie With Columbia’s MercyMe for #1
The top of next week’s HITS chart will be about hell and heaven.

Universal Republic Massachusetts metal vets Godsmack look headed for the top spot with its fifth studio album, The Oracle, on target for between 100-110k in sales, according to one-day sales reports from retailers selling records out of their car trunks.

Columbia Christian music act MercyMe, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Texas band, return with The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which could do anywhere from 85-90k, or even more, based on returns from religious bookstores.

Warner Bros.Deftones are back with Diamond Eyes, their first new studio album in four years, on pace for 55-60k.

Hear Music’s Carole King & James Taylor CD/DVD, Live at the Troubadour, timed for their summer tour, should do 50-55k.

Court Yard Hounds, the group formed by Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, will see their self-titled Open Wide/Columbia score 45-50k in first-week sales.

Atlantic soul diva Toni Braxton releases her first new album, Pulse, the first since 2005’s Libra, with estimated sales of 45-50k.

Asylum rap icons Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Uni-5: The World’s Enemy, is on pace to sell between 30-35k on their own BTNH Worldwide label, the same amount as Slip-n-Slide’s Trina, with Amazin’, through EMM.

Best New Artist Grammy winners Zac Brown Band’s Pass the Jar—Live, on Atlantic, should do 20-25k, the same as Vagrant’s The Hold Steady, with Heaven Is Whenever.

The market was down 1% vs. last week, down 11% vs. same week last year and still down 10% year to date.  You may now return to wondering that that guy in the Islamic robes is doing jogging at midnight in your neighborhood.

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