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Weakend Chart Preview

Nas will debut at #1 on next week's chart, giving Def Jam two titles in the Top 5. Frank Ocean, in his first week of wide release (sans Target), is being featured for $2.99 in Amazon MP3 store. Because of SoundScan rules limiting the pricing to no less than $3.49 in the first four weeks of release, these sales will not count on that chart. Our current projection does not include these sales. 

Bruno Mars may re-enter the Top 15 next week on the strength of a 99-cent Amazon Daily Deal. Phil Collins...Hits, currently #1 on its digital chart, and Shinedown's Amaryllis are also currently 99 cents, but are not included here because the info is not yet available. Here's how it looks going into the weekend:

*Nas (Def Jam/IDJ) 125-135k
Zac Brown Band (Atlantic) 70-80k
*Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie) 60-65k
Frank Ocean (Def Jam/IDJ) 40-45k
One Direction (Syco/Columbia) 35-40k
Justin Bieber (Island/Def Jam) 35-40k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 30-35k
Maroon 5 (A&M/Octone) 30-35k
*Dark Knight Rises (WaterTower) 28-32k
Chris Brown (RCA) 27-30k
*Pierce the Veil (Fearless) 27-30k
Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 24-27k
Linkin Park (Warner Bros.) 24-27k
Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) 24-27k
Bruno Mars (New Elektra) 24-27k
Katy Perry (Capitol/EMI) 24-27k

*Debuts (7/19p)

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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