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With Easter two weeks later last year, at least some of the gains this week are likely to be lost by the end of the month.
ADELE'S RETURN TO THE TOP?
Monica, Bonnie Raitt, Prince Royce Along With iTunes Smashes Hoodie Allen and Trip Lee Hit Retail
With no new releases of note, Adele's XL/Columbia album 21 has a shot at returning to #1 next week. We'd call it a comeback, but she's never really been away, with the Grammy winner now approaching 9 million in sales since its release 14 months ago.

This would make the 24th time that 21 has topped the HITS Album Sales chart, tying the soundtracks from Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever. Here are this week's key debuts.

Veteran RCA R&B diva Monica's new album, New Life, is looking at a debut of between 55-65k. Her last album, 2010's Still Standing, did 184k when it was released on March 23 of that year.

Bonnie Raitt's new album, Slipstream, her first indie release on her own Redwing label with distribution by RED, is on target for sales between 45-55k. It's her first album in seven years, since 2005's Souls Alike on Capitol, which did 50k back then.
 
Latin Bachata artist Prince Royce's Phase II, on Sergio George and Gregory Elias' boutique indie Top Stop Music label through Atlantic, is looking at first-week sales of 25-30k.
 
Counting Crows' Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation), on their indie Collective Sounds label, is headed for 24-27k.
 
Atlantic Records Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm's sophomore album, The Strange Case of..., looks to land in the 18-21k range.

In its first week in physical release, second overall, ATO's Alabama Shakes album, Boys & Girls, should do between 17-22k, for a nice two-week total of nearly 50k.

A pair of rappers, Jewish hip-hopper Hoodie Allen and Christian hip-hop artist Trip Lee are currently #1 and #3, respectively, on the iTunes chart, with self-released projects. We'll relay our information on those two titles as soon as our crack (-addled) retail team is able to get someone on the phone. 
 
Meanwhile, album sales were up 4% vs. last week, up 9% vs. same week last year (which wasn't Easter) and up 1% year to date.

Track sales were up 9% vs. last week, up 26% vs. same week last year and up 8% year to date.

TEA sales were up 5% vs. last week, up 14% vs. same week last year and up 3% year to date. 
 
With Easter two weeks later last year, at least some of the gains this week are likely to be lost by the end of the month. 
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