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You haven't lived until you hear him do his medley of the Association's "Cherish" and "Windy."

MAN O MANILOW!

J/RMG’s Man Who Writes the Songs Will Duke It Out With Hannah Montana, Birdman & Lil’ Wayne for #1
He writes the songs and apparently he sells the discs, too. 

Barry Manilow’s new J/RMG album, The Greatest Songs of the Sixties—and, no, he doesn’t do “Wild Thing”—continues his remarkable comeback, with an impressive first week that could go as high as 190k, thanks to a QVC appearance. You haven't lived until you hear him do his medley of the Association's "Cherish" and "Windy."

That would put him in a three-way race with Cash Money/Universal rappers Birdman & Lil’ Wayne and last week’s chart-topper, Walt Disney RecordsHannah Montana soundtrack for the #1 spot on next Tuesday’s HITS Top 50, both in the 175-190k range. That is, if we’re to believe the one-day sales reports from our crack group of retailers around the country.

The first new Who album of original material since 1982’s It’s Hard, Endless Wire, looks headed past 100k, and could go as high as 120k. Virgin’s Meat Loaf album, the conclusion of his Bat Out of Hell trilogy, is looking in the 70-80k range, the same estimated total for Maverick/Reprise’s Deftones.

BNA/Sony BMG Nashville’s American Idol alumnus Kellie Pickler is headed for a number north of 70k, thanks to a slew of TV, including Good Morning America today and The View tomorrow, so this could go even higher.  Meanwhile, TVT's Cuban rapper Pitbull, thanks to some solid stateside retail numbers, with Puerto Rico weighing in significantly, could climb into the Top 15 and sell more than 50k.

Def Jam/IDJ’s highly touted U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign, signed by Jay-Z himself, should make the fringes of the Top 50 with between 15-20k.

The market was up almost 2% from last week, down 2% vs. same week last year and now down a little over 5% year-to-date.

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