With 70.38% of reports in, Slipknot is headed to number one with an estimated 100K in sales. Slipknot is a heavy metal band out of Des Moines with a look that is perfectly suited for Halloween. This is the second time they have topped the BB200 chart, but this time it will be more definitive. With their previous album in 2008 (“All Hope is Gone”) “LAX” from The Game was originally listed as the number one album by 13 units (unlucky). A recount 12 hours later reversed that Slipknot was number one with 239,516. It was the closest race in SoundScan history. So, second number 2 album, but quite a bit fewer sales.
But who is going to be talking much about Slipknot when Taylor Swift released an album yesterday? Pundits are already predicting an 800K-1M opening for her which will get the ink flowing. Last I checked, she had 7 of the top 10 slots on the Digital singles chart as well. People are going cuckoo for Taylor. Looks like her fans followed her to Pop (where she mostly was these days anyway – “We are Never Getting Back Together” should never, ever, ever have topped the Country charts). But, that’s next week’s news. Let’s return to this week’s news about last week’s albums.
Next up are two rappers, T.I. and LOGIC at second and third. They are both expected to move in the 65K range. Neil Diamond (come on, I know you want to sing “Sweet Caroline”) is 4th with his 18th number one album. Building charts had him at number 2 with 85K in sales, but he has a bit of ground to make up on the final report (HDD numbers cannot be reliably extrapolated). I like how BB phrased it “Diamond will likely be blocked from the No. 1 slot by a slightly harder-edged act: Slipknot.” Ha.
Jason Aldean slides to 5th (he was number 1 two weeks ago), Barbara Streisand has great gams and is holding at 6th, last week’s number 1 is Florida Georgia Line and they are 7th this week. Little Big Town (Country) and Annie Lennox (cool music) are 9th and 10th.
Holding up the number 8th spot is The Sing Off’s Pentatonix. They released an EP just a few weeks ago, but now they are back with their second Christmas album. “That’s Christmas to Me” is expected to sell around 30K and be in the top 10. It will top the Christmas album chart this week provided it is registered in that category (strangely, sometimes clear Christmas albums don’t chart on that chart).
Susan Boyle’s “Hope” pops back up to 16th – what is going on there? Was she on the Home Shopping Channel or PBS? The Voice judges are represented by Maroon 5 at 18th and Blake Shelton at 48th. That Blake album is his previous album “Based on a True Story”. His current album suddenly poofed off the chart. Reporting glitch? It will be there in the end.
CHART DATE: 10/27/2014
LAST UPDATE: 10/27/2014 15:33:09
NOW IN: 70.38%
LW TW artist / album label sales index
— 1 SLIPKNOT .5: THE GRAY CHAPTER 96,016
— 2 T.I. PAPERWORK 58,250
— 3 LOGIC UNDER PRESSURE 53,250
— 4 NEIL DIAMOND MELODY ROAD 38,507
2 5 JASON ALDEAN OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT 36,684
5 6 BARBRA STREISAND PARTNERS 33,874
1 7 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ANYTHING GOES 30,800
— 8 PENTATONIX THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME 27,736
— 9 LITTLE BIG TOWN PAIN KILLER 27,023
— 10 ANNIE LENNOX NOSTALGIA 21,034
— 16 SUSAN BOYLE HOPE 13,037
15 18 MAROON 5 V 10,067
— 48 BLAKE SHELTON BASED ON A TRUE STORY 3,086
— 50 COLDPLAY GHOST STORIESE 2,856