It’s the battle of the pop princesses! Indeed, fans are getting their fill of Bajan beauty Rihanna‘s latest offering ‘Diamonds’, but it appears it chart debut next week will be met with much opposition.
As country/pop peformer Taylor Swift has released ‘Begin’ – the follow-up to her #1 single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, ‘Blow’ beauty Ke$ha is getting back in the game with her new single ‘Die Young’.
All three are set to make a major impression on next week’s Hot 100, but who will come out on top?
“Industry sources say that Swift’s “Begin” could sell 300,000 downloads or more by the end of the tracking week on Sunday (Sept. 30). Ke$ha’s “Young” could start with more than 200,000, as could Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’.”
The report goes on to say:
“Begin,” Swift’s new country (but not pop) radio single, already ranks at No. 39 on the building Country Songs chart with 2 million in first-week audience, according to Nielsen BDS. (While “Never” falls 15-21 on the building country list, the song remains gaining on the all-format Radio Songs building chart at No. 3, thanks to continued rising pop and adult crossover support.)
“‘Diamonds’ is already shining extremely brightly on the building Radio Songs chart, showing at No. 6 with 22 million in all-format audience, according to BDS. Its first-day airplay was aided by promotional airplay on participating pop, rhythm and adult pop Clear Channel Media and Entertainment stations, so, following that initial splash, it isn’t likely to maintain a top five rank when the Radio Songs chart is finalized next Wednesday (Oct. 3).
Ke$ha’s “Young,” meanwhile, is trending at No. 64 on the building Radio Songs chart with 6 million in audience. (Swift’s “Begin” is not yet showing among the top 100 titles on the building Radio Songs survey.)”
This ought to get very interesting. Each artist is definitely set to debut in next week’s top 20, but where remains the question. Combining radio play with digital sales may see the ‘Man Down’ diva edge over Swift & co. However, as her latest #1 single ‘Never’ has proven, Swift is definitely a formidable chart foe.
This, as well, should not discount the popularity of the current top 2 spot holders – Maroon 5 and ‘Gangnam Style’ creator PSY (both of whom have seen commendable increases in sales over the past week with more to reportedly come).
You tell us: Who do you think will have next week’s highest debut?