It’s that time of the week.
With new releases from the likes of Mariah Carey and Jamie Foxx, all eyes are prepped to see what the R&B staples are set to sell with their respective projects.
Wonder no more, for the first week sales predictions await after the jump…
According to Hits Daily Double, Mimi’s greatest hits LP ‘#1 To Infinity’ is on course to sell 14,000-16,000 copies first week in the US. When paired with streaming data (which now counts towards chart placements on the Billboard 200), the estimates for the set – Carey’s first for new label Epic – rise to 16k-18k.
For Foxx, whose ‘Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses’ serves as his first album in seven years, the climate isn’t much better. The project is projected to shift 21,000-24,000 copies first week (24-27k with streaming).
As low as the numbers are, one has to wonder if there’s actually any need to be (that) surprised.
Yes, both are major names, yet that doesn’t dissolve some glaring facts about each CD.
In Mimi’s case, she’s essentially released a project full of songs everyone has already – save for new single ‘Infinity.’ From our vantage point, it’s increasingly seeming as though she should have just serviced the single to promote her Vegas residency rather than a whole album. That or add or more than just one new song. Like, what’s the incentive to buy the LP for $11 when one could buy the single for $1.29 on iTunes and “make” the album as a playlist?
Still, viewed another way, the collection could serve as a solid compliment to her residency and could plausibly go on to enjoy consistent sales. Time will tell.
As for Jamie, he’s released a slew of songs – yet there isn’t a video in sight. Makes one wonder if the album was designed to ever be a seller or merely contract completer?