For years Hits Daily Double has been a reliable source if you want to find out who will have the number one album in the country before Soundscan actually makes it official. Nothing is set in stone, but oftentimes based on first day sales HDD can predict whose album will be number one. I personally lost all faith in them when they reported Janet Jackson’s 20 Y.0 would be #1 only to eventually have Ludacris drop his album price to $5 and snatch the coveted spot away. I doubt Beyonce’s camp will make such a daring price drop to reach pole position but you never know. Album sales for this week are particularly low as HDD reports the fight for number one is between Timbaland and Tim McGraw but both are only expected to sell around 140K. While they report Beyonce’s new opus is expected to sale around 100-110K in it’s first week.
I don’t think anyone expected the deluxe edition to sale what the original did but I think it is safe to say that Beyonce’s camp expected it to sell more than a paltry 110k. With 12 new songs, 8 new videos and a possible #1 single in Beautiful Liar the B’day Deluxe Edition was actually a whole new album and chances are it may have fared better had it not been packaged as the second coming of the original B’day album.
UPDATED 4-10-2007 6:22PM: I thought I would update this post today since the final numbers from Hits Daily Double are in. They have Beyonce selling 125,049 copies and coming in at #6. Again these number aren’t official Soundscan numbers. However they are as close to official as you will get and the Soundsan numbers aren’t going to change that much.
Click the screenshot below to see the final results for yourselves.
Final Update 4-12-2007 5:33pm: Final Soundscan numbers have Beyonce selling 125,974. That total gets added to the original sales of B’day and puts the album back at #6 on the charts.