With the traditionally busy Fall season upon us, all eyes are on the performance of the various major releases that populate this quarter.
Two projects that many are watching are Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett‘s new Jazz duet set ‘Cheek To Cheek’ and Jennifer Hudson‘s third studio offering ‘JHUD’.
After one day on sale, industry analysts have revealed their-often-spot-on sales forecasts for both sets.
Find out what type of numbers each release is on course to achieve after the jump…
According to Hits Daily Double, ‘Cheek’ is set to open at #2 on next week’s Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 115,000-125,000.
The figure is relatively impressive given that the concept LP is by no means a traditional Pop affair and hasn’t been marketed as such. Indeed, (save for a few interviews) traditional promotion has been scarce and the project has instead been pushed as an artistic side-venture for two major artists from markedly different genres. Add to that the fact that the album is comprised solely of Jazz standards (popular cover versions) and its projected performance is rendered even more respectable.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for vocal powerhouse Hudson, whose predicted numbers don’t boast much volume…at all.
Per the report, ‘JHUD’ is set for debut sales of 19,000 – 22,000 – which may be enough for a top ten opening. Sad, but not altogether surprising. For, despite having served up some solid material in the form of singles ‘Walk It Out’ and ‘Dangerous’, the project seems to have been marred by a lack of promotional commitment to any one song. Indeed, from where we’re standing, it’s as if tracks were being thrown out at random intervals with the hope that something would stick.
In any case…