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STACKING UP SALES

Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended Nov. 20, compared to week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units sold:

Latest week: Albums: 12.4 Singles: 1.8

Week-ago: Albums: 12.0 Singles: 2.0

Year-ago: Albums: 11.3 Singles: 2.3

Hits Magazine Tip of the Week

Industry insiders say Janet Jackson may use a special clause in her contract with Virgin Records worldwide that would enable her to leave the label after delivering only one album--the current multi-platinum "janet." Also, Jackson recently left manager Trudy Green and rejoined former manager Roger Davies to plan a European tour. Sources say Jackson's increased worldwide market value caused by such a tour would greatly enhance her position during any renegotiations with Virgin.

Note: Hits magazine is a weekly music industry trade publication.

Source: Soundscan Inc.

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