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Also keep your eyes peeled for indie country group The Civil Wars, a collaboration between Reunion solo act Joy Williams and John Paul White on the sensibility music label.

CHART GOES INTO
THE RED NEXT WEEK

Nashville Christian Hard Rock Band Has Best Chance for #1 Bow, The Civil Wars Debut
Do you know who Red is?

The Grammy-nominated Nashville Christian hard rock band may well have the #1 album in the U.S. next week, based on one-day retailers who haven’t closed up shop to go party with Charlie Sheen. Until We Have Faces, which is wishful thinking, is slated to sell between 45-50k for Sony’s RED Ink distribution. That’s not only the biggest debut, it will go head to head with Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown holdover Nicki Minaj for the top spot.

Red, sometimes stylized as RED or R3D, has had two previous albums, 2006’s End of Silence and 2009’s Innocence & Instincts, both albums earning Grammy noms for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.

Sony Music Latin’s Ricky Martin album is the next highest debut, with a projected first-week total of 24-27k, followed by Island/IDJ’s posthumous Bob Marley live album of his last-ever recorded performance, Bob Marley & The Wailers—Live Forever, from Pittsburgh's Stanley Theatre, Sept. 23, 1980, and never officially released in the U.S. until now, with between 21-24k.

Also keep your eyes peeled for indie country group The Civil Wars, a collaboration between Reunion solo act Joy Williams and John Paul White on the sensibility music label. Their new album, Barton Hollow, which has been #1 on iTunes, has a good shot at a Top 20 debut next week, thanks to CMT’s Jay Frank, who took a flyer on the album by putting it into play. Initial estimates look to be in the 15-20k range.

The market was up 1% vs. last week, down 18% vs. same week last year and now down 13% year to date. How happy is Citigroup to be in the record business?

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