Sigh, so much for the hype of the first week of a jam-packed November. According to Billboard’s early prognostications for next week, Chris Stapleton maybe having the second best week of his career. While we are happy for Stapleton’s “come up,” the prognosticated 100,000 units for Traveller are trouble…for the newbies that is.
Billboard broke the bad news about the potential totals of the highest new entry, Ellie Goulding’s Delirium – 50,000 units! That’s abysmal to say the least. Who would think that Delirium, which features big-time hit “Love Me Like You Do” would perform so mediocrely. Sure, it’s not all said and done, BUT 50,000 copies certainly don’t make you optimistic about the longevity of Delirium.
Beyond Delirium, other albums were released that years ago might have gained more buzz. Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress wasn’t expected to move 100,000 units, but not even sitting at half of that is a drop off for the underrated singer/songwriter. Cee Lo Green, who certainly hasn’t helped himself with controversy, released a fabulous comeback album in Heart Blanche and while it also wasn’t expected to achieve such totals, is at least 50,000 units so much to ask?
There’s also Tim McGraw, one a sure fire lock for number one whose Damn Country Music looks like a flop like the rest of the week. McGraw not achieving 100,000 units isn’t far fetched, but not outselling Goulding’s forecast of 50,000 units is jaw dropping. On the bright side, there is NO way this happens on Friday, November 13 – there will be no unluckiness for One Direction, Justin Bieber, Jeezy, Logic…you get the picture.