HDD is still on its winter break, so no predictions from them. Billboard predicts that Beyonce will enjoy her third week on top of the BB200 chart (and given how slow the January market is, I wouldn’t be surprised if she goes for a fourth week). They have her pegged for 250K.
Sales of albums tend to crater after Christmas, but we still have some Christmas sales in this week’s numbers (plus, albums make great last-minute stocking stuffers) and people were redeeming gift-cards for digital albums. We should see some rather nice download numbers this week as people typically start downloading Christmas day.
Here was their building chart reflecting sales in the first four days of the week:
1 1 Beyonce “Beyonce”
2 3 One Direction “Midnight Memories”
3 6 Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
4 2 Garth Brooks “Blame It All On My Roots”
5 7 Katy Perry “PRISM”
6 8 Soundtrack “Frozen”
7 5 Kelly Clarkson “Wrapped In Red”
8 4 The Robertsons “Duck the Halls”
9 11 Lorde “Pure Heroine”
10 17 Miley Cyrus “Bangerz”
Bieber’s new collection is expected to sell around 100K. It does not appear in the top 10 because iTunes is not going to report sales for it.