Sales News – Week Ending 07/16/15

Friday is the new Monday. With the change to a global release day, sales charts now run Friday to Thursday. This is still being shaken out, but I think we will get final HDD estimates today and perhaps BB will release numbers too. HDD has been updating estimates all week which makes me a little suspicious of their Monday/Tuesday gradual release of reports. Whatever, they provide a service and like to get a few hits for their trouble. Plus, it made it fun.

Anyway, they are predicting Tyrese will top the album/combined chart this week. This will be Tyrese’s first number one, but he’s had two albums in the top 10 previously. Tyrese is a bit of an everyman. He’s a singer, songwriter, actor, author television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ (how old is this guy? When was the last time MTV had VJs?). He’s been nominated for a Grammy and now he has a number one album. What did you do this morning? Guys like this make me feel lazy. He is Roman Pearce in the Fast and Furious series (the recent sequel (7) just made $1.5B worldwide – seriously, this guy needs to stop making us all look bad).

Meek Mill who topped the last two charts (the 7 day followed by the 11 day) has slipped to second, but he has an outside chance of holding number 1. The Kidz are back for number 29 (they just released an album in Feb), bopping another set of pop songs into submission. They’ve left reality singers alone this time, but Maroon 5’s “Sugar” gets their attention. BB always runs down the funniest lyric changes. Apparently, spazzing, looking good and whispering in people’s ears is too much for the youth of today. They also haven’t gotten the memo on enlightenment with regards to acceptance because “Your girl just kissed a girl/I do bi chicks” becomes “Your girl just danced a twirl, I do high kicks.” Meanwhile, they have just created a lot of potential arguments by changing Meghan Trainor’s lyrics to “After every fight/Just apologize/And maybe then I’ll let you try and prove that you were right.”. Who doesn’t like having a fight, having the other person apologize and then starting the argument all over again?

R5 (Pop) is heading for 4th and Taylor Swift continues to inhabit the top 10. Owl City is back and opening around 6th and Ed Sheeran, Sam Hunt, Breaking Bad and the Magic Mike Sound track are rounding out the top 10.

Here is the current HDD chart:
Chart Date: 07/17/2015
Last Updated: 07/16/2015 18:00:21
Status: Building 70% – Updated DAILY Monday – Friday
LW TW Artist / Album Label Sales Index
— 1
TYRESE BLACK ROSE VOLTRON 48,455
— 2 R5 SOMETIME LAST NIGHT HOLLYWOOD 22,558
— 3 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 29 RAZOR & TIE 21,424
4 4 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 BIG MACHINE 19,636
1 5 MEEK MILL DREAMS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY MMG/ATLANTIC 19,308
— 6 OWL CITY MOBILE ORCHESTRA REPUBLIC 12,716
13 7 SAM HUNT MONTEVALLO MCA NASHVILLE 9,781
10 8 ED SHEERAN X ATLANTIC 8,784
— 9 BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS LEGEND TUFF GONG/ISLAND 8,640
12 10 TEEN BEACH 2 SOUNDTRACK WALT DISNEY 7,159
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14 15 NOW 54 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 6,194
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15 31 TORI KELLY UNBREAKABLE SMILE CAPITOL 4,002

28 35 MAROON 5 V 222/INTERSCOPE 3,739
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— 50 BIG SEAN DARK SKY PARADISE DEF JAM 2,219

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