The first week sales predictions are in for Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas II You’. According to chart analysts at Hits Daily Double the record is expected to sell anywhere from 50-60k units judging by retail figures after its first day in stores. A respectable showing for a Christmas album released in November without a single live performance to support it.
‘Merry Christmas II You’ currently sits comfortably in the top 10 of both iTunes and Amazon will most likely debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 next week. By comparison, Carey’s first Holiday collection, ‘Merry Christmas’, debuted in 1994 at #30 on the chart with less than 45k sold before experiencing large increases in sales as the season progressed.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ is expected to maintain its position at the top of the Billboard 200 following an initial sales week of 1.044 million units. However, things aren’t looking too good for N.E.R.D. whose ‘Nothing’ album is predicted to debut with 17-20k in sales.