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I.B. Buble

LOVED THE WORLD OVER: Notes our own I.B. Bad, whose latest column appears online tomorrow, Michael Buble's To Be Loved, which hit Tuesday, has all the earmarks of another potential international smash--just what the doctor ordered for long-struggling Warner Bros. Records, whose Cameron Strang is carrying out a new policy of prioritizing fewer releases and locking them in globally in an effort to turn the label around. The new record debuted with 121k in the U.K., breaking Justin Timberlake's first-week record for the year. To Be Loved is currently #1 on the iTunes chart. It's on track to bow at 150-175k domestically (per our resident numbers geek), and with Mother's Day looming could well match or exceed Crazy Love's three-week total of 437k. More changes are impending at WBR, meanwhile, as Strang continues to revamp the company. (4/25p)