First Week Sales Projections For Drake and Future Are Looking Crazy!

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Not that this comes as any surprise – but Drake and Future are about to make a killing with their joint effort, What A Time To Be Alive. After less than 24 hours on iTunes, early sales forecasts already have the mixtape projected to do around 500k by Friday!

In comparison, Drake’s last project, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late had an opening week of 495k, while Future’s DS2 did 147k.

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Find Out What Travi$ Scott’s Debut Album ‘Rodeo’ Is Expected To Sell In Its First Week!

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After much anticipation, Travi$ Scott finally released his debut album Rodeo this past Friday, September 4. Though reviews from critics have been mixed, it appears fans are enjoying the project from the G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle rapper/producer, and that is reflected in its sales predictions.

According to early forecasts, Rodeo is expected to move between 80,000 and 100,000 units in its first week. Thoughts?

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Dr. Dre’s New Album Debuted At #2 On The Billboard 200


After a sixteen-year hiatus, Dr. Dre returned to the Billboard charts last week with the release of Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre. The follow-up to 1999’s 2001 debuted at number two on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, moving an impressive 295k units. Of that number, 276k were physical album sales, while the remainder come from streaming services and single sales.

Also notable on the Billboard 200 this week is the sparked interest in Kendrick Lamar and N.W.A. since the release of both Dre’s album and the Straight Outta Compton film. Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly saw a surge in sales this week and jumped up to the number 29 spot with another 12.5k in sales, while N.W.A. continues to jump up the charts with their 1988 release, Straight Outta Compton. In anticipation of the film, the album returned to the charts three weeks ago at #173. Since then, it jumped to 97, and now this week appears at the number 30 spot. With the movie having just come out this past Friday, it’s likely the album will be even higher on next week’s chart. Pretty dope!

In the meantime, check out the full top 10 for this week below.

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Meek Mill Tops The Charts For A Second Week In A Row

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Last week, the official new music release day changed from Tuesday to Friday, thus changing the weekly Nielsen Soundscan tracking period from ending on Sunday to now ending on Thursday. That being said, the transition week would require some adjusting from Billboard, so for the first and only time, they tracked 11 days worth of sales – though they’d already calculated 7 days of them on last week’s chart. Basically, this week’s chart is last week’s chart plus 4 extra days of sales. Next week we will be back to the normal 7-day tracking.

With that, Meek Mill tops the charts again, as Dreams Worth More Than Money moved an additional 42k units in those 4 days, making his total 11-day tally 289k. Go, Meek!

Check out the full top 10 below. (Note, the bold number is for the full 11 days, not the 4 days.)

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The Numbers Are In! Find Out How Much Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ Is Expected To Sell!

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After tons of delays due to unforeseen circumstances, Meek Mill finally released his highly anticipated sophomore effort this week, Dreams Worth More Than Money.

Released on Sunday night as opposed to the traditional Tuesday (so as to capitalize off his appearance at the 2015 BET Awards), Meek actually gave himself a leg up on those coveted first-week sales, allowing an additional day worth of sales to be calculated. For those not in-the-know, Nielsen Soundscan tracks sales for each week from Monday to Sunday. Since albums traditionally release on Tuesdays (though that’s changing next week and will now become Fridays,) this means that the first-week sales that we always hear about are actually only 6 days worth, not 7.

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Ouch: Mariah Carey’s First Week Album Sales Are Not Looking Too Great

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Poor Mariah Carey can just not win lately. The legendary songstress has been struggling with voice issues, a failed marriage, weight gain and now…. super low album sales! According to reports from Headline Planet, “Mariah Carey’s “#1 to Infinity” is expected to move 14-16,000 complete copies in its first week of release.” As of now, she’s looking at about a solid $15,000.

Hits Daily Double explain that they add the inclusion of Track Equivalent Album, which would be broken down to 10 single sales = 1 album sale and Streaming Equivalent Album, 1500 single streams = 1 album sale. With that being said, that’s where they get their estimated number.

Will you buy Mariah’s new album or is it over for that?

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 4/12/15 … Furious 7 Soundtrack Races To #1


Currently on its fourth week in stores, the Furious 7 soundtrack has sped up to number one on the Billboard 200 this week, moving another 111,000 units. The project is being fueled by the mega success of its lead single – Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with Charlie Puth. The song plays during the final scene in the movie, and sold 464,000 downloads for the past week. Wiz also recently premiered the video, as well as performed it on NBC’s The Voice, both of which also helped immensely.

Elsewhere on the chart, Kendrick and Drake still remain comfortably in the top 10. Meanwhile, last week’s number one album, Wale’s The Album About Nothing, falls to number 11 in its second week with 33,000 units sold.

Check out the full top 10 below!

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 3/29/15 … Congrats To Action Bronson On A #7 Debut!


For the second week in a row, Kendrick Lamar is sitting on top of the Billboard 200 with To Pimp A Butterfly. The album moved another 123k units (SPS,) with 107,000 of that number being physical sales.

Elsewhere on the chart, Action Bronson debuted at number 7 with Mr. Wonderful, moving 49,000 units in its first week out. Congrats!

Get the full top 10 list on the Billboard 200 below.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 3/22/15 … Congrats To Kendrick Lamar On A #1 Debut!


There is definitely no sophomore jinx for Kendrick Lamar! The arrival of his second album To Pimp A Butterfly has him perched atop the Billboard 200 for the very first time with a whopping 363k units sold, after his first album, 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, debuted and peaked at number 2, selling 241,000 copies. This number includes SPS (sales plus streaming,) but traditional sales comprise 89% of its overall unit total at 324k.

The album was only announced on March 6, then had a surprise release a week early, so once again, this new “surprise” formula proves successful!

Check out the full top 10 below.

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The Numbers Are In: Find Out How Much Kendrick Lamar Is Estimated To Sell In His First Week!


Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly landed on iTunes a week earlier than scheduled, reportedly as a mistake…though some believe it was all planned from the start. Either way, it doesn’t seem to have had too much of a negative effect on the TDE rapper, as his first week sales projections are looking pretty damn good! (And as previously reported, he broke a global streaming record as well.)

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