HITS Daily Double
The market was up 2% vs. last week, up 17% vs. same week last year and now down only 2% year to date.


U.K. Pop Diva’s 21 Will Log Its Sixth Week at #1, Several New Titles on Tap
So far in 2011, it’s all about Adele.

Her second XL/Columbia album, 21, is playing havoc with the sophomore jinx, soaring towards 1.3 million, and set for another week on top, its sixth since coming out in February, in the 85-95k range.

That’s the good news.

Five albums debut at retail this week, all looking in the 11-16k range. In alphabetical order, they are:

The Airborne Toxic Event’s All at Once, their second album for Island/IDJ, which has been getting rave reviews, with the L.A. Times praising it as “the sound of a band willing itself into stadiums and Grammy nominations, every song an anthemic melodrama hinging on the crux between life and death.”

Epic’s San Diego-based Augustana return with a self-titled fourth studio album, and its first single, “Steal Your Heart.” The band has previously scored with the singles, “Boston,” from their second album 2005’s All the Stars and Boulevards, and “Sweet and Low,” from 2008’s Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt, their previous album.

Veteran singer-songwriter Emmylou HarrisHard Bargain is her third album for Nonesuch and first since 2008’s All I Intended to Be, with the first single, “The Road.”

Hopeless’ Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein’s fifth album, Rescue, is their first on their own label. The band’s previous releases were on Tony Brummel’s Chicago-based indie Victory Records.

New West’s critically acclaimed Steve Earle returns with I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, his first since 2009’s Townes

The market was up 2% vs. last week, up 17% vs. same week last year and now down only 2% year to date, with the possibility of creeping into the black for the first time since 2003.

You may now go back to authenticating your own birth certificate.