In what’s shaking up to be a battle of the butterfles, the bean-counters at industry rag Hits are claiming that brand new eyes from the Hayley Williams-led Tennessee outfit Paramore is, after its first day of official availability, on pace to outsell Mariah Carey’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel this week by a margin of about 20,000 copies; Paramore’s projected sales are in the 180k-190k range, while Mariah’s are around 160-170k. And as if that wasn’t enough to rile up the chart-obsessed lambs, turns out that Barbra Streisand’s Love Is The Answer is projected to sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies! Hits‘ one-day projections for this week’s biggest debuts after the jump.
Paramore, brand new eyes (180,000-190,000)
Mariah Carey, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (160,000-170,000)
Barbra Streisand, Love Is The Answer (150,000-160,000)
Breaking Benjamin, Dear Agony (140,000-150,000)
Alice In Chains, Black Gives Way To Blue (130,000-140,000)
Miranda Lambert, Revolution (65,000-75,000)
Madonna, Celebration (60,000-70,000)
AFI, Crash Love (60,000-70,000)
Obviously this all can change—as a point of comparison, immediately after it being rush-released to retail, Hits was projecting sales between 300,000 and 350,000 for Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3, which wound up moving 476,000 copies in its first week. And Mariah’s faithful are nothing but devoted to her, and her efforts to be the chart-toppingest singer who ever topped a chart ever. So things can evolve! Either way, Mimi and her fans can take consolation in the fact that they’re not Madonna.
PARAMORE GOES FOR TOP SPOT, MARIAH IN HOT PURSUIT [Hits]
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