As we speak the race to next weeks album chart is running. The main competition is between Linkin Park’s new album ‘A Thousand Suns’ and Trey Songz’ album ‘Pain, Passion & Pleasure’. A few weeks ago I would have said that Linkin Park would debut at number 1, since their last few albums all have, but Trey is giving the boys a serious run for their money which may leave them in the runner up slot.
According to Billboard Linkin Park is looking to sell anywhere betweens 250,000 to 260,000 copies, while Trey is on board to sell anywhere between 230,000 to 250,000 copies. Both are respectable numbers, but considering the fact that Linkin Park’s last album open with 623,000 copies these numbers are a serious problem. This is a scary indication of a poor music industry. Linkin Park has also seen a decline in popularity these past few year, with their main fan base becoming older. Still, it is never good for a band to drop in sales that much between their albums.
Trey on the other hand should be celebrating. His last album, ‘Ready’, open with 131,000 copies at number 3. Whether he debuts at number 1 or not, he will have a new peak in both sales and chart performance. Trey still has a major shot of hitting number 1. With his recent performance on 106 & Park being spread he should be looking at some major buys this weekend. His song ‘Bottoms Up’ also hit a new peak of 17 this week on the Hot 100 and 5 on the R&B chart. It would be huge for him to pull out and hit number 1.
The industry is so interesting these days; its amazing to watch the giants fall, while others rise. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. My vote is realistically for Linkin Park, but I hope Trey beats them out.
What do you think will happen?