WMG WILL SHOOT THE MOON OR CRACK THE BUBBLY
Crooner and Soundtrack Will Vie for #1 Next Week
October 14, 2009
One thing’s for certain. WMG will have the #1 album on next week’s HITS sales chart.
The identity of that release is what’s in doubt.
That’s because Reprise crooner Michael Buble, in his first full week in stores, will hold steady from last week’s 140k in sales, and might even see a slight uptick for his album Crazy Love. Could he be, like another WMG artist, Josh Groban, a few years back, Q4’s hidden weapon?
That little bit of wisdom comes from one-day sales reports provided by those retailers who still know where the music section of their store is.
We won’t know how well music supe superstar Alexandra Patsavas’ Chop Shop/Atlantic soundtrack The Twilight Saga: New Moon will do since it doesn’t hit until Friday (10/16), and with the movie not yet in release, there’s no telling if it can top Buble, but look for a two-horse race between heartthrob singer and vampire.
There’s nothing much to write home about among the other new releases, which include J/RMG’s Mario, Warner Bros.’ Flaming Lips and Reprise’s Dead by Sunrise, all in the 20-25k range. Next up is a pair of unlikely matched holiday albums in Jive/JLG’s David Archuleta (18-21k) and Bob Dylan (15-18k), with Columbia’s Five for Fighting also on tap (12-15k).
The market was down 9% vs. last week, down 2% vs. same week last year and now down 13% year to date.
You may now go back to stocking your fully customized KISS underground fallout shelter with leather Gene Simmons oxygen tanks and canned Paul Stanley sardines.