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EMI chief Roger Faxon barely had enough time to learn the words to the Amos Lee album and deny rumors the Decemberists would be headlining next year’s Super Bowl halftime show to savor his latest triumph.

BANKING ON EMI MUSIC

Citigroup Gets Its Second #1 in Three Weeks With Now 37
Citigroup looks like they’re getting the hang of this record business stuff. They clearly haven’t done as well at handing out loans.

For the third time in four weeks, the bank-owned EMI Music looks to grab the #1 slot on the HITS Album chart next Tuesday.

Capitol’s Now 37, which is slated for—wait for it—a six-figure debut, should sell an estimated 100-120k for the latest edition of the hits collection. Not a bad total for the post-iTunes era, where anybody can simply make their own compilations with a click of the mouse.

That’s based on one-day sales reports from those music retailers who haven’t stopped carrying records and started putting up bail bonds.

Meanwhile, EMI chief Roger Faxon barely had enough time to learn the words to the Amos Lee album and deny rumors the Decemberists would be headlining next year’s Super Bowl halftime show to savor his latest triumph, the company’s third chart-topper since the beginning of the year.

The RED-distribbed Broken Bow label, home of the Top 10 Jason Aldean, album, has another winner in Thompson Square, the Nashville-based husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, on its Stoney Creek imprint. This is the pair’s self-titled debut, with a rising crossover single in “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” and it looks headed for a debut between 20-24k, which would put them on the cusp of the Top 10 next week.

Also, expect a big increase for The BeatlesLove album, the soundtrack to the Cirque de Soleil show in Las Vegas, which is available digitally for the first time this week.

The market was up 8% vs. last week, down 18% vs. same week last year and now down 14% year to date.

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