Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Early Projections Show Four Veteran Artists Could Debut in the U.S. Top Ten This Week

Final projections won't be in from Hits Daily Double until Friday and charts out until next Tuesday, but early projections show a strong possibility that four veteran artists could make the top ten on next week's chart.

The top four look pretty set with Drake and Future projected for 380,000 to 400,000 copies (sales plus streaming) of their album What a Time to Be Alive while Lana Del Rey is looking at 115,000 to 120,000 and Mac Miller and the Weeknd at 75,000 to 85,000.

Then things get a whole lot tighter. David Gilmour is looking pretty good for number 5 with projected sales of 68,000 to 73,000 followed by Shinedown (63,000 to 68,000), Ryan Adams (50,000 to 55,000), Andy Mineo (35,000 to 40,000), Keith Richards (28,000 to 32,000) and Alabama (25,000 to 30,000).

The real question here is Ryan Adams who didn't even have an album in the running until the digital release of his Taylor Swift cover album 1989.  Snuck out on Monday, the Swift via the Smiths album seems to have struck a chord and is getting glowing reviews, so it could end up with even higher sales.

Chris Cornell's Higher Truth is also projected just outside the top ten 15,000 to 19,000 in sales.