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Old 11-20-2002, 12:25 PM   #1
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Here comes the flood of albums!

Well, it started as a trickle and now the new albums are pouring into stores for the Christmas season. Hits reports that there will be at least 8 albums hitting stores this week (charting next week), that will sell over 100,000. That means with another small decline in sales for The Best of... U2 will be lucky to stay in the top 20, very lucky.

Here's the Hits article:

Wheeeeee-dogggggies!!!! As expected, country trumps rap this week, as Shania Twainís eagerly awaited new album, Up! (Mercury Nashville) gallops onto the chart like so many stampeding prairie dogs.
Thatís only if youíre listening to the country disc of Twainís unprecedented two-disc country/pop album. Either way, however, that album appears to be headed for a first week of over 800k, with a shot at 900k before itís all said and done, according to early reports from national accounts. And thatís a guaranteed #1, cowpoke.

The Twain onslaught will make Jay-Zís stay at #1 a brief one, but with 600k-plus under his belt after one week, you can bet no tears will stain his Blueprint. Meanwhile, early anlaysis of this yearís Twain effect on retail indicates that an inordinately large share of her sales will be coming from rack accounts (Wal Mart, etc.). Racks usually lead on big olí mainstream country/pop sensations such as Twain, but the early rack numbers are reportedly astounding nonetheless.

Also flying off store shelves is the eleventh installment of the venerable Now series, this one on UTV, featuring hits by Nelly, the Dixie Chicks, Norah Jones and many more. Eearly reports hint that the compilation will have a first week of approximately 300k.

Murder Inc./IDJís Ja Rule, meanwhile, looks like heíll see a first week of about 200k for his The Last Temptation.

In the latest installment in Epicís hard-rocking Q4 attack, the much-anticipated debut from Rage/Soundgarden supergroup Audioslave is on track to move 200k for the week, putting it in solid Top 5 contention. Atlanticís Matchbox Twenty, meanwhile, looks headed for sales of well over 150k.

Below that, itsí all about another Epic rocker, Mudvayneís End of All Things to Come, as well as Toni Braxtonís More Than a Woman (Arista) and George Harrisonís Brainwashed (Capitol). Each of these titles should come in at around 100k.

So saddle on up, ride on down to the neighborís ranch and spread the news: Shaniaís back, and it shore do feel good, even if she is a space-suit wearing, flying-motorcycle-riding science-fiction superhero now. We may not understand it (like most things), but we can still get behind it. Yeeeeeeeeeeeee-hawwwwwwww!!!!
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