HDD – Album Sales Prediction : Dec 3-9

With 47.18% of reports in, it’s “Country” vs Urban as the Swifter battles the Wiz for the top of the chart. Currently, Taylor Swift’s “RED” is in the lead with Wiz Khalifa’s “O.N.I.F.C.” not far behind. Coincidentally, NE-YO’s “R.E.D.” dangles at the bottom of the chart.

Rod Stewart continues to set the pace of the Christmas album of the year and is currently at 3rd. Michael Buble who had the Christmas album of the year last year is in the pole position at 4th. Lady A rounds out Christmas songs in the top 10 at 10th.

Ke$ha is currently debuting in 6th and is expected to finish with a relatively unremarkable 85-90K. Meh. I guess people are tiring of her speak-singing. Hopefully, program directors will soon follow suit. Speaking of people the program directors love, there is Rihanna, unapologeticaly in 7th. Alicia Keys, who was number one last week is currently in 9th.

One Direction tops the charts for reality show singers. Those money making rascals from the 7th season of the UK X-Factor have Simon dreaming of Emblem3 this Christmas instead of sugar plums. The latest Idol winner continues his third week in the top 10. Phil Phillips’ “World from the Side of the Moon” would normally expect to see a 40% range drop in its third week, but HDD is predicting a 11-17% drop (was 79K last week and they are predicting 65-70K)

Scotty McCreery’s Christmas album is at 21st, Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is at 25th and Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits are at 39. That makes for four Idol winners in the top 40. From BGT, we have Susan Boyle at 44th.

Blake Shelton’s Christmas album is in 12th, Adam Levine’s Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” is at 22nd, Cee Lo Green’s Christmas album is at 29th, and Christine Aguilera’s album is at 42nd. That makes for 4 voice judges in the top 50.

Now 44 is at 11 (features American Idol Kelly Clarkson, Canadian Idol Carly Rae Jepsen, Voice Judge Adam Levine and new American Idol judge Nicki Minaj).

CHART DATE: 12/10/2012
LAST UPDATE: 12/10/2012 15:06:00
NOW IN: 47.18%

LW TW artist / album label power index
2 1 TAYLOR SWIFT RED 114,606
— 2 WIZ KHALIFA O.N.I.F.C. 111,823
3 3 ROD STEWART MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY 86,545
7 4 MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS 63,707
4 5 ONE DIRECTION TAKE ME HOME 33,191
— 6 KE$HA WARRIOR 27,692
6 7 RIHANNA UNAPOLOGETIC 25,785
5 8 PHILLIP PHILLIPS WORLD FROM THE SIDE OF THE MOON 24,495
1 9 ALICIA KEYS GIRL ON FIRE 23,864
8 10 LADY ANTEBELLUM ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT 18,097
10 11 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 44 VARIOUS ARTISTS 17,436
9 12 BLAKE SHELTON CHEERS, IT’S CHRISTMAS 16,058

33 18 ONE DIRECTION UP ALL NIGHT 12,425

12 21 SCOTTY MCCREERY MERC CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY 10,168
27 22 MAROON 5 OVEREXPOSED 10,119

20 25 CARRIE UNDERWOOD BLOWN AWAY 9,176

35 29 CEE LO GREEN CEE LO’S MAGIC MOMENT 7,044

22 39 KELLY CLARKSON GREATEST HITS – CHAPTER 1 4,804

41 42 CHRISTINA AGUILERA LOTUS 4,394

25 44 SUSAN BOYLE STANDING OVATION: THE GREATEST 4,073
30 45 GLEE CAST GLEE: THE MUSIC, SEASON 4, V1 3,956

47 50 NE-YO R.E.D. 3,288

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