Depends if she promotes it whilst touring North America or after. I was under the impression that the album was going to help support the American part of the tour, but now it's Spring 2013. I still have no idea what the fudge happened there
I'm hoping she was just trolling and releases it in November. I mean, she announced the album title a month early?
Well Born This Way had the benefits of The Fame + Monster hype. ARTPOP is just going to have the Born This Way era. I'd say she can do at least 400-500k, struggle for 1.5m at the end. The singles will do great though, I think.
I agree. I thought BTW was going to sell around GGGB numbers originally, coming after The Fame (Monster), and it ended up just pulling a Loud at the end of it all. I think her next era will probably end up with Circus/B2B kind of numbers (~4 million global total) with perhaps a bigger opening week if she releases her album in the last quarter of this year. I also think she will get good singles, but that will be a trade off for less albums sold.
Fourth-Quarter release: 400-600k
First Quarter release: 200-300k