Slayer Headed For Best Chart Showing Ever & Duran Duran Best in 22 Years on U.S. Charts

The final predictions are in from Hits Daily Double for the new Albums chart and there should be top ten debuts for Slayer and Duran Duran, but it has been one dismal sales week.

While the Albums chart is no longer determined only on sales, the actual retail numbers on new product were very low for the week. The top selling album, That's the Spirit by Bring Me the Horizon, only sold and estimated 54,000 copies, 40 to 50% below a normal number 1 set. Looking at the top 50 albums for the week and number 50 in sales alone, Black Rose by Tyrese, moved only 4,000 copies. This is terrible, especially in the last two weeks in September when the first of the holiday releases are coming out along with the last albums that are trying to make the Grammy deadline.

One of the most amazing numbers, though, is for The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness. In pure sales, it is showing a little over 46,000 copies sold but, when streaming equivalent album sales are included, the number jumps to just a few copies short of 100,000. That's a LOT of consumption of that set on streaming services.

For veteran artists, Slayer has projected sales of 51,000 copies of their album which jumps just 2,000 when streams are included. That should be good enough to put it top four for the week. That should tie or surpass their previous best in the U.S., 2006's Christ Illusion, which peaked at number 5.

Duran Duran's Paper Gods has projected sales of almost 26,000 copies and 27,860 with streams, which should be good enough to allow it to squeak into the top ten. That will definitely make the album their highest charting in 22 years going back to 1993's Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) which made it to number 7.

A number of other veteran artists also look to make relatively high debuts this week with the Hollywood Vampires looking at the mid-20's (projected sales of 11,300 with sales + streaming of 12,650), Jewel in the same area (11,600 sales / 12,400 sales + streaming), Ben Folds in the low 20's (10,900 / 11,700) and Prince in the high 30's (8,700 / 10,500).

The final charts will be out on Tuesday.

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