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Keep in mind that last year at this time was Easter, usually a robust sales weekend, so down only 3% isn’t bad.

ADELE’S A DOUBLE MILLIONAIRE

21 Returns to #1, Will Top Million Next Week, as 19 Passes Platinum This Week
Adele’s a double winner this week.

The U.K. songstress, with the year’s top-selling album at the Q1 pole with XL/Columbia’s 21, will see the album go over a million this week as she’ll return to the #1 spot on the HITS sales chart. Her debut album, 19, which has returned to the charts, also hit platinum territory this week. She’s a shoe-in for multiple Grammy nominations, even with fewer categories next year.

The only other candidate, the benefit album Songs For Japan, is hitting in physical format on Sony Music, but as the previously digital-only compilation is just now hitting retail, it’s still a little too early to gauge how well it will do.

The biggest debut of the week will be A&M/Octone’s shock-rockers Hollywood Undead, whose sophomore album, American Tragedy, was made after the departure of lead singer/bassist Deuce. The album should do between 60-65k after its 2008 debut, Swan Songs, sold a cumulative total of more than 750k.

Sumerian’s Asking Alexandria, a U.K. metalcore band with roots in Dubai, but currently based in Yorkshire, will see their sophomore album, Reckless and Relentless, the follow-up to 2009’s Stand Up and Scream, debut with between 25-30k.

429/Macro-Biotic Records artist Robbie Robertson, legendary member of The Band, returns with a critically well-received solo album, How to Become Clairvoyant, which should to 20-25k, thanks to an Amazon daily special. There’s also an exclusive Best Buy deluxe edition with demos of five of the album tracks.

Walt Disney’s Daft Punk soundtrack, Tron: Legacy Reconstructed, is on target for between 17-20k.

E1 rapper Jim Jones makes his label debut with Capo, which should do 15-18k, while veteran ‘80s Minneapolis R&B group (and Prince contemporaries) Mint Condition, now on the Shanachie label (distributed by E1), will debut with between 12-15k on their album, 7…

The market was up 2% vs. last week, and, for the first time in six weeks, down 3% vs. same week last year and still down 5% year to date. Keep in mind that last year at this time was Easter, usually a robust sales weekend, so down only 3% isn’t bad.

You may now go back to bench-pressing Kirstie Alley on Dancing with the Stars.

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