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Kid Rock has attained his first No. 1 album -- and lost his manager, all in one week.

Rock's latest release, "Rock N Roll Jesus," will be atop the Billboard 200 chart, which will be announced today. [cq] The album sold more than 170,000 copies in its first week on sale to give the Clarkston-based rocker his first-ever chart-topper.

But there's also been a shift at the top of Rock's business operations. His Birmingham-based manager Ed "Punch" Andrews, who also manages Bob Seger, has resigned after seven years of working with Rock. Sources say that Andrews, who initially planned to spend three years with Rock, has simply decided to retire after helping to shepherd "Rock N Roll Jesus" to release.

Rock has reportedly signed on with Nasvhille-based Vector Management, which handles Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a number of other artists.

Neither Rock, who was performing in Nashville, nor Andrews could be reached for comment. It's unknown whether Andrews will continue working with Seger, whom he's handled since the late '60s.

Rock is in the midst of a theater tour to promote "Rock N Roll" Jesus." He also has TV appearances slated for "Ellen" on Oct. 25, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Oct. 26, the American Music Awards on Nov. 22 and on Larry the Cable Guy's VH1 Christmas special in December.

"Amen," the second single from "Rock N Roll Jesus," will ship to radio later this month, according to Rock's web site.

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