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[Adele] has spent only one week outside the Top 3 since its release back in February.

ADELE, CASTING CROWNS
VIE FOR #1

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Adele won’t go away, and don’t expect her to through next year’s Grammys and beyond.

The 4-million-selling pop diva—a mark she’ll hit this week—continues to astound after 34 weeks on the chart, battling Provident’s Christian rockers Casting Crowns for the top spot on next week’s sales tally, both hovering in the 90-100k range. It has spent only one week outside the Top 3 since its release back in February.

Kedar/Fontana’s veteran R&B performer Joe returns with The Good, The Bad, The Sexy, his first album since 2009’s Signature, on target for between 30-35k.

Coming off a hit Alternative radio track in “Irresistible Force,” Capitol/EMI’s Jane’s Addiction return with The Great Escape Artist, its first album in eight years, since Strays in 2003, looking at first-week sales of between 25-30k.

Veteran French electronica/dream pop act M83, started by Anthony Gonzalez and named after the spiral galaxy Messier 83 back in 2001, should do in the range of 12-15k for its shoegazing style of reverb and lyrics spoken softly over loud instrumentals.

Album sales were up 2% vs. last week, up 4% vs. same week last year and up 3% year to date.

Track sales were up 4% vs. last week, up 8% vs. same week last year and up 10% year to date.

TEA (Track Equivalent Album) sales were up 2% vs. last week, up 5% vs. same week last year and up 5% year to date.

You may now return to contemplating HITS' own latest, in-house initiative, Occupy North Hollywood.

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