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Adele Returns to #1 thanks to NBC Special; Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T. Bow
June 6, 2012
With the impact of her NBC special this past Sunday now clear, it looks as though Adele will score another week at #1, her 24th, tying the record for fourth longest run on top of the album charts with the Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever soundtracks. West Side Story holds the record for most weeks at #1 with 54, with Michael Jackson's Thriller #2 at 37 weeks. Tied for third place are Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Harry Belafonte's Calypso and South Pacific, all with 31 weeks.
Alan Jackson's 30 Miles West, his Capitol Nashville/EMI bow after many years with Arista Nashville, looks to be the top-charting debut, with between 65-70k, based on one-day reports from whatever retailers haven't paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
The Beach Boys' Capitol/EMI comeback, That's Why God Made the Radio, is the next highest new entry with 60-65k.
Warner Bros. rapper Curren$y's The Stoned Immaculate, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Wale, 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T., remarkably, his eighth album since 2009, is on target for 40-45k, the same amount for Def Jam/IDJ hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T.'s highly anticipated debut, Live from the Underground.
Columbia singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile's Bear Creek looks to be in the 25-30k range, the same as Reprise legend Neil Young & Crazy Horse's collection of folk standards like "Oh! Susanna" and "This Land Is Your Land," Americana.
Fantasy/Concord Music Group's Joe Walsh is looking at sales between 19-22k for his solo effort, Analog Man.
WaterTower's soundtrack for the upcoming '80s hair-metal homage, Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, is eyeing between 12-15k, the same total predicted for Columbia's Victorious, the cast album from the hit Nickelodeon series.