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Weakend Chart Preview

Justin Bieber will score his best-ever first week, while Kenny Chesney looks to top the 183.5k first week of his last album, 2010's Hemingway's Whiskey. Country music dominates the Top 15 this week with six, maybe seven, of the titles coming out of Nashville. One Direction, one of this year's biggest success stories, sees a slight bump in sales, possibly from the Bieber traffic in the stores. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend:

*Justin Bieber (Island/IDJ) 400-425k
*Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) 190-210k
*Fiona Apple (Epic) 65-70k
Usher (RCA) 50-55k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 50-55k
Rock of Ages (WaterTower) 45-50k
*Smashing Pumpkins (Martha's Music/EMI Label Services) 45-50k
One Direction (Syco/Columbia) 40-45k
Rush (Roadrunner) 27-30k
Alan Jackson (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 25-28k
Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 24-27k
Josh Turner (MCA Nashville) 23-27k
*Dirty Heads (Five Seven) 20-23k
Now Country 5 (UMe) 20-23k
Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville) 18-21k
Lionel Richie (Mercury Nashville) 18-21k
John Mayer (Columbia) 18-21k

*Debuts (6/21p)

ANOTHER BILLIE BANGER? (UPDATE)
Are you free Wednesday afternoon? (11/12a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/12a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/12a)
WHO'S GETTING ZERVAS?
It's down to two bidders. (11/12a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
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