SUGARLAND’S SWEET, EYES JACKSON’S REIGN
New Wal-Mart Exclusive Inc Includes Covers of R.E.M., Kings of Leon, R.E.M., B-52’s
August 5, 2009
Grammy-winning Country duo Sugarland's collection of Mercury Nashville covers, Live on the Inside, which includes inspired versions of songs by R.E.M. (“The One I Love”), Kings of Leon (“Sex on Fire’), Pearl Jam (“Better Man”) and the B-52’s (“Love Shack”), will be the top debut this week with a Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club exclusive that should garner 75-85k and could go even higher. The album was recorded during a concert tour at shows in Kentucky, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas and Canada.
Depending on how it does perform, the album could well challenge Michael Jackson’s reigning Number Ones for the top spot on next week’s HITS album chart, based on one-day sales from, unh, Wal-Mart and other retailers still carrying those shiny round discs as well as those selling digital versions of ‘em.
That there Jennifer Nettles sure is purdy. And you don’t look so bad yourself, Luke Lewis.
Yet another Country act, Emblem/Atlantic’s Gloriana (on former Virgin Records topper Matt Serletic’s label), is in line to do between 40-45k.
Razor & Tie’s Kidz Bop Kidz cottage industry continues apace with sales in the 40-45k range, while Up&Up/Universal Republic R&B crooner K’Jon looks to be between 29-32k.
Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place (20-22k) and Epic alterna-darlings Modest Mouse’s EP (18-20k) rounds out the list of probable Top 50 newcomers.
The market was down 5% vs. last week, down 19% vs. same week last year and still down 14% year to date.
You may now return to cashing in your clunkers…kinda like we do everyday around here.
Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted (7,000, +30 percent, 661,000/2,000 digital, +34 percent, 141,000)
Biggest gainer this week moving up from 86 to 59. She's not far off My December's numbers now and Already Gone hasn't fully taken off yet. I hate to get my hopes up but I'm feeling a little optimistic.
YOUR WEAKEND CHART PREVIEW: What we have here typifies summertime lite in terms of the release schedule and sales totals. Aside from the ongoing, if gradually receding, activity on the part of Michael Jackson’s massive fan base, the stories that stick out here are the obvious appeal of coed country groups, with two of the three debuts of any note this week, and the transformation of Lollapalooza headliners Kings of Leon from cult band to superstars a full six years after their initial release. As you can see, below the top five titles, it's very much a bottleneck as we head into the weekend...
Michael Jackson Number Ones (Epic) 100-110k
Sugarland (Mercury Nashville debut) 80-90k
Essential Michael Jackson 60-70k
Kings of Leon (RCA/RMG) 45-50k
Now 31 (Sony/Legacy) 40-45k
Black Eyed Peas (Interscope) 40-45k
Daughtry (RCA/RMG) 40-45k
Maxwell (Columbia) 40-45k
Gloriana (Atlantic debut) 40-45k
Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie debut) 40-45k
Fabolous (Def Jam/IDJ) 40-45k
Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 35-40k