Korn and Leonard Cohen Headed For U.S. Top Ten, But Where is Elvis?

by VVN Music

Veteran artists Korn and Leonard Cohen are headed for top ten debuts this week on the U.S. Albums chart according to projections but a new international hit album by Elvis Presley has fallen far short.

It was an extremely competitive week for new releases with Lady Gaga, Michael Buble and Pentatonix looking to take 1-2-3 according to Hits Daily Double's projections. Gaga's album, which was heavily discounted by Amazon, was able to move 168,000 copies and just over 199,000 when streaming is added in. Buble is quite a bit behind at 89,000/95,000 while Pentatonix had 52,000/60,000.

In third on the sales and fourth on the sales plus streaming charts is Korn with The Serenity of Suffering (52,000/55,000) which, if projections and predictions hold, will give them their best showing in three releases.

Leonard Cohen is a bit lower at 6 in sales and 9 on sales plus streaming (23,000/24,000). Again, if projections hold, it will be Leonard's second top ten album in the U.S. after Old Ideas (2012 / #3). His last album, Popular Problems (2014), only made it to 15.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra may just eke into the top twenty with The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. The perennial holiday band (along with Mannheim Steamroller) is projected at number 10 in sales (16,500) and 20 on sales plus streaming with the same sales total, a step down from their last two albums which both made the top ten.

Jimmy Eat World are projected at 12 in sales (12,500) and 23 on sales plus streaming (14,300) for Integrity Blues and Amy Grant is at 15 in sales (10,400) and 39 in sales plus streaming (10,700) for Tennessee Christmas.

Then there is Elvis Presley.  Elvis' The Wonder of You, the second album that mixes Presley's voice with new orchestrations by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has already become a major hit in other countries, becoming his thirteenth chart topper in Britain and debuting at 4 on the Australian charts. Not so in the U.S.

Projections have Wonder at 19 in sales with just 10,200 and 42 on sales plus streaming with a pickup of just 21 units from new technology.  If he actually has a 42 start on this week's Billboard 200, it will be twice as far down the chart as the first edition, last year's If I Can Dream, which premiered at 21.

There just doesn't seem to be the interest in Elvis' music here in the U.S., at least in an altered form, as there is in the rest of the world. Based on international sales, look for this series to continue, even if nobody in North America cares.

Final charts will be out on Tuesday.

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