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Weakend Chart Preview

American Idol returns to the top of the chart next week as Scotty McCreery delivers the first debut by a winner to land at #1 since Ruben Studdard in 2003. Adele logs another week in the Top 3, bringing her total to 32 weeks. In 33 total weeks of release, 21 has only been out of the Top 3 for one week. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend:

*Scotty McCreery (Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope) 170-190k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 110-120k
Tony Bennett (Columbia) 70-75k
Lady Antebellum (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 60-65k
J Cole (Roc Nation/Columbia) 55-60k
Lil Wayne (Cash Money/Universal Republic) 55-60k
*Jack's Mannequin (Sire) 35-40k
Blink-182 (Interscope) 35-40k
*Feist (Universal Republic) 30-35k
*Rodney Atkins (Curb) 27-30k
*Mayday Parade (Mayday Parade) 25-28k
Jay Z & Kanye West (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation) 21-24k
Foster the People (Columbia) 18-21k
Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) 18-21k
*New Found Glory (Epitaph) 17-20k
Brantley Gilbert (Big Machine) 17-20k

*Debuts (10/6p)

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JEFF HARLESTON:
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PRINCE: THE TRUTH COMES OUT
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JUSTIN TRANTER: THE HITS PRIDE SPECIAL INTERVIEW
An inspiring success story (6/24a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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