Sunday, February 03, 2013

Charlie Wilson Headed For Top Ten Debut Next Week

The world of music is littered with the stories of artists who leave successful groups to find solo success only to see their names quickly fading from the public view. That hasn't been the case with Charlie Wilson.

Charlie was one of the three Wilson brothers that formed what would become The Gap Band in 1967. It took twelve years before they hit the big time with Shake (1979/#4 R&B), the first of 15 R&B top tens that the group would have.

In 1992, Charlie left the group and developed a solo career that blossomed in the 2000's with seven Urban AC number 1 hits including You Are (2010/15 weeks at #1 Urban AC) and There Goes My Baby (2009/10 weeks at #1 Urban AC). He also did something that his former band had never done, hit the top ten on the Billboard Albums chart. 2005's Charlie, Last Name Wilson reached number 10 while 2009's Uncle Charlie hit number 2.

Next week, it looks as if he will make it three top tens as Love, Charlie is estimated to sell between 30 and 35,000 copies. With a very tight race, that would be good enough to place him somewhere between 4 and 8.

Hits Daily Double's early estimates have a trio solidly at the top, Justin Bieber (190 to 215,000), Andrea Bocelli (85 to 90,000) and Tegan & Sara (40 to 45,000) with six artists grouped in the 30 to 40,000 area including Wilson.
  • Bruno Mars (35 to 40,000)
  • Gary Allen (35 to 40,000)
  • Charlie Wilson (30 to 35,000)
  • Pitch Perfect Soundtrack (30 to 35,000)
  • Lumineers (30 to 35,000)
The final chart positions will be released by Billboard next Thursday. 

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