HDD – Album Sales Prediction : July 21-27

With 50.65% the latest teen boy-band is taking it in a walk. 5 Seconds to Summer used to open for One Direction, now they are aiming to eat their lunch. This Australian Pop Punk (?? Seems kind of like an oxymoron, but okay) got its start covering songs and becoming a YouTube sensation. Now, they are aiming for 240-260K with their own songs. Given how crummy this summer has been for sales, that’s pretty amazing numbers. They released an EP earlier this year (make hay while the sun shines!) which opened with 143K.

Last week’s number 1, Weird Al, is currently 2nd but expected to slide to 5th. The predicted number 2 is our old friend, Frozen. The in tune posters on Pulse, tell us this will be its 31st consecutive week in the top 5 and 33 weeks in the top 10. I can’t hate on that. I’m happy for any success story.

British sensation Sam Smith is in 3rd and is expected to stay with us in that position. Common’s (hip-hop) “Nobody’s Smiling” is smiling at 4th and should still be smiling when it finishes a predicted 9th for its opening week. Gosh there is a lot of thrashing in the top 10 this week. Usually, by this point the positions are pretty much sent. Crown the Empire (Metalcore) is 6th, but is on the move down to 10th. I’m sure they’ll be pleased that Kid Bopz is helping to push them down on its way from 7th to 4th (album features a song from One Direction). Ed Sheeran’s “x” marks the spot at 7th, but is predicted to end at 8th. Now 50 (featuring Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen) should move from 9th to 7th. Brantley Gilbert is in the top 10, but should slide right out of there. Jason Mraz will move into the top 10 to 6th from 12th.

Reality song competitors are represented by Nashville Star’s Miranda Lambert (whose current single is a duet with Idol’s Carrie Underwood). The album is at 13th. Pharrell Williams is there to represent the judges at 30th.

CHART DATE: 07/28/2014
LAST UPDATE: 07/28/2014 14:16:47
NOW IN: 50.65%

LW TW artist / album label sales index
— 1 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 75,329
1 2 “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC MANDATORY FUN 16,283
6 3 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR 16,255
— 4 COMMON NOBODYS SMILING JAM 14,917
5 5 FROZEN SOUNDTRACK 13,805
— 6 CROWN THE EMPIRE THE RESISTANCE: RISE OF THE RUNA 12,401
4 7 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 26 12,127
7 8 ED SHEERAN X 11,444
8 9 NOW 50 VARIOUS ARTISTS 11,395
14 10 BRANTLEY GILBERT JUST AS I AM 11,314

12 13 MIRANDA LAMBERTPLATINUM 8,808

43 30 PHARRELL WILLIAMS G I R L 4,267

22 50 JUDAS PRIEST REDEEMER OF SOULS 2,095

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