I shouldn’t mock, because I have been waiting for a few of these releases, but it is kind of a joke. Last year’s Super
TuesdayMonday was a big ol’ bust. In a week where Kanye West and Guns N Roses were both expected to sell in excess of 500,000 units each, Kanye hit the mid-400K range, while GNR didn’t even break 300,000. Only the top 11 releases hit six figures, where past years would have seen between 15 and 20 titles exceed 100,000 units.
[Side note: how crushing of a blow is the #13 bow of Leona Lewis with Echo?]
Last week saw the top 7 titles exceed 100K, with John Mayer leading the way, and this week should be more, but by how much? Susan Boyle is expected to exceed 500,000, but the next highest title prediction is Adam Lambert’s debut For Your Entertainment with 225,000 units. It is early in the week, and things could still change radically, but it is just not going to be as big a week as the industry is hoping it will be.