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Weakend Chart Preview

The top of next week's chart may once again set a new low for sales of the #1 album. Two titles are battling it out right now, with a third in contention as a possible spoiler. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend:

*2011 Grammy Nominees (Jive/JLG) 35-40k
Nicki Minaj (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 35-40k
*Wisin Y Yandel (Machete Music) 32-37k
*Iron & Wine (Warner Bros.) 28-32k
*Amos Lee (Blue Note/EMI) 28-32k
Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie) 28-32k
Mumford & Suns (Glassnote) 28-32k
Bruno Mars (New Elektra) 28-32k
The Decemberists (Capitol/EMI) 28-32k
Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 25-28k
P!nk (LaFace/JLG) 24-27k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 22-25k
Katy Perry (Capitol/EMI) 22-25k
Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) 20-22k
Gregg Allman (Rounder) 20-22k
*Debuts (1/27p)

COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
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 (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
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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