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Rihanna, Kid Rock Top Album Sales

Nov 28, 2012

Brian McCollum


Kid Rock's "Rebel Soul" debuted as the week's best-selling album in metro Detroit and No. 5 nationally, according to Nielsen Soundscan data released overnight.

That matches the showing of his 2010 album, "Born Free," though both are down from the No. 1 feat achieved nationally by "Rock N Roll Jesus" in 2007.

All seven of Kid Rock's studio albums since 1998's "Devil Without a Cause" have debuted in the U.S. Top 10 while topping the Detroit market.

He had strong competition nationwide this week: "Unapologetic" gave Rihanna her first career No. 1 album (No. 2 in Detroit), followed by records from Taylor Swift, One Direction and Phillip Phillips, the "American Idol" victor whose debut album was issued last week.

Led Zeppelin enjoyed its latest Top 10 showing, as the soundtrack from "Celebration Day" clocked in at No. 9 (No. 7 in Detroit).

In other Kid Rock news, the opening leg of his 2013 tour was announced Tuesday evening. He'll kick off Feb. 2 in Kansas City, running through a series of southern markets into March. More dates are expected soon. Rock told the Free Press he plans to be on the road for most of 2013, including a blowout Detroit date in the summer.

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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