Another loaded week of new releases was unleashed Tuesday, September 30. These star-studded releases where from preeminent artists including Prince, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton. Prince even went so far as to release two albums following a five-year hiatus stateside (20Ten didn’t see the light of day here). Despite the supposed luster of the big releases, 2014 has not been kind sales wise and this week’s prognostications suggest that disheartening trend continues.
Blake Shelton, according to Billboard, has the best shot at a #1 bow. Shelton has become quite popular, something that couldn’t have been said at one time within Shelton’s career. Even with his newfound popularity (almost certainly due in part to his stint and big personality on NBC’s The Voice), Shelton’s Bringing Back the Sunshine isn’t set to bring that much sunniness to the Charts. 90,000 copies is the prediction currently.
To make things even more head shakable, Barbra Streisand will spend another week as a threat for the top spot. How? No disrespect to Barbra, but isn’t it kind of disappointing that with so many ‘hot’ releases the sales are ice cold? Lady Antebellum’s 747 is only aiming at 70,000 copies, nearly 100,000 copies off what Golden sold in 2013. Prince’s best chance, Art Official Age looks to only ‘officially’ sell 45,000 copies as Billboard suggests right now. The numbers are offensive – MAN!
This makes me wonder, down the line, can even Taylor Swift have another million-selling debut week? If there were ever a year where no artist could reach that milli mark, 2014 is that year. Can sales possible ‘turn up’? It doesn’t seem like it, as everybody seems to be “turning down.” It is what it is, as they say.