On Saturday night, Beyoncé premiered her visual album Lemonade via an HBO special, then released it exclusively to TIDAL for streaming later that night. Today, the project became available for purchase on all music services, and the sales are already through the roof. Hits Daily Double reports that early projections have Lemonade set to sell between 500-600k. However, while this will certainly guarantee a gold certification for Bey, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee a number one – which will be a first for her. Prince’s albums are currently flying off the shelves after his passing, so it’s possible he will reign supreme. We’ll know the final numbers this Sunday.
After a quiet Christmas break on the music front, artists are back and ready to take over the first quarter of 2016. This past Friday, we saw TONS of new releases from some of our favorite names in music – from Wiz Khalifa’s Khalifa to Future’s Evol, Young Thug’s I’m Up, Boosie’s In My Feelings, Majid Jordan’s self-titled debut and Lion Babe’s Begin. We also saw the physical release of Rihanna’s ANTI, which prior to Friday, had only been available via digital retailers. Though not all forecasts are in yet for the aforementioned artists, we have the numbers for the biggest ones. Hit the jump to see what Wiz, Future, Thugger and Rih are expected to move this week.
It comes as no surprise, but Adele is number one once again this week on the Billboard 200. 25 moved another 825k units, making it the biggest selling album released in the U.S. since her last album, 2011’s 21. As for debuts, August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life came in at around 43k units at number 12, while R. Kelly’s The Buffet entered with approximately 37k units at number 16. Looking forward to next week, the two big debuts will be from Chris Brown and Pusha T. For Chris’ Royalty, he’s looking at 150-160k, which will likely give him the #2 spot (behind Adele.) As for Push’s Darkest Before Dawn, he’s looking at around 40-45k. In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 on the Billboard 200 below!
Is it a bad time for R&B right now? As rap albums like DS2, What A Time To Be Alive, Fetty Wap’s debut and more have done great numbers in 2015, Ty Dolla $ign’s Free TC and Jeremih’s Late Nights didn’t fare so well, and it doesn’t look like August Alsina or R. Kelly will either. What gives? Early sales forecasts have August Alsina moving 35-40k units of his sophomore effort This Thing Called Life, which pales in comparison to the 67k his debut did in 2014. R. Kelly’s The Buffet sees the same story, as it’s on pace for 32-37k, while his 2013 release did 133k. The final numbers will be in this weekend, but they’re not going to move too far from the estimates. Sheesh! Let us know your thoughts on what the problem could be!
I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but Adele’s 25 is number one on the Billboard 200 for the third week in a row. The record-breaking album sold yet another 728k this week, making it the first time an album has sold more than 650k in each of its first three frames since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991. As for debuts, both G-Eazy and Rick Ross landed in the top 10 with their new releases this week, coming in at numbers 5 and 6, respectively. The former’s When It’s Dark Out sold a very solid 132k units, while Ross’ Black Market moved 69k. Though they didn’t make the top 10 other debuts this week include Curren$y’s Canal Street Confidential at number 30 with 20.7k, J. Cole and Dreamville’s Revenge Of The Dreamers II at number 29 with 21k, Kid Cudi’s Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven at number 36 with 19k and Jeremih’s Late Nights with 18k. Check out this week’s full top 10 below.
Friday, November 13 was a huge day in music, with so many albums being released, iTunes’ internal systems were crashing multiple times throughout the day! Among the day’s new releases were Justin Bieber, One Direction, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, Logic, Alessia Cara, Redman, Kirk Franklin and more. That’s a heavy lineup! First week sales projections are currently in for a few of the names, and perhaps surprisingly, Logic is far surpassing his more seasoned labelmate, Jeezy, with sales of The Incredible True Story and Church In These Streets, respectively.
Congrats are in order for my boy Machine Gun Kelly! He has the number 1 hip-hop in the country this week with the debut of his sophomore album General Admission, and the number 4 album overall! The project sold a solid 56k units in its first week in stores, and beating 2012’s Lace Up, which debuted and peaked at number 4 with 51k sold. The Game comes in at 6 with The Documentary 2.5 selling 48k, which is pretty dope – considering last week’s The Documentary also sold really well. In the coming weeks, the Compton rapper will package them together as a joint album. Check out this week’s top 10 below!
This past Friday, Machine Gun Kelly, Joe Budden and The Game all released new albums, although Game’s was basically just a part 2 of his release the week prior. Game did a double disc for his new album The Documentary 2, but instead broke the release up into 2 weeks, and dubbed this one The Documentary 2.5. In the coming weeks, he will release a hard copy with both discs in the packaging. Early forecasts are now in, and it looks like Game and MGK are neck-in-neck for the top spot on the Hip-Hop chart on Billboard. (Demi Lovato and Pentatonix are going to take the lead on the overall chart.) Both General Admission and The Documentary 2.5 are on pace to sell around 45-50k units, while Joe’s All Love Lost is looking to move around 15-18k. Let us know your thoughts on the numbers in the comments!