Sunday, March 27, 2016

Gwen Stefani to Have First Number 1 Album Next Week; Iggy Pop to Hit Top 25 For First Time

Gwen Stefani will hit number 1 for the first time as a solo artist next week with her new album This is What the Truth Feels Like.

While she had topped the charts back in 1995 with No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom), her other two solo albums had peaked at 5 (Love. Angel. Music. Baby.) and 3 (The Sweet Escape). Even though the new set has produced the hit singles that her previous albums had, the exposure she has received on The Voice and the Grammy Awards have helped push the album to the top.

Hits Daily Double projects that Stefani will sell approximately 80,500 copies of the album in its opening week, almost 30,000 more than The Voice winner Jordan Smith who is second with 53,200. When streaming is added in, Stefani remains ahead 88,400 to 55,400.

Also hitting a career high is Iggy Pop whose Post Pop Depression sold and estimated 15,500 copies in its first week putting it at 11 on the Building Sales chart. Iggy only picked up about 800 additional sales with streaming was added so he drops to 21 on Sales + Streaming.

That remains, by far, the highest charting album of his career. As in England where he smashed his previous high, Pop previous best was 72 for 1977's The Idiot.

Stefani and Pop are the only veteran artists projected to make Billboards top 50 albums next week.

Final numbers will be out on Tuesday.

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