First up of course is Nicki’s RollingStone cover which surfaced online yesterday. The low-key cover features hip-hop’s leading lady sporting an even lower cut t-shirt and a look that says “Hey, look at my… eyes.”
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Whitney Houston has a lot to smile about. According to Hits Daily Double the singer’s new album “I Look To You”, is on schedule to sell anywhere from 250,000 to 275,000 copies. This will be Whitney’s highest debut ever and I believe her third album to debut at #1. A lot of people wrote Whitney Houston off but the singer has definitely proven that she is still a viable force to be reckoned with in the music industry. If Whitney can now follow up these great first weeks sales with great live performances (GMA & Oprah), I think there will be no stopping her.
Read about all of next week’s movers and shakers below…
“I Look to You Looks Like 250-275k, As Second Release Day Matches First, Cyrus Next
September 2, 2009
Whitney Houston’s comeback is complete.
Her Arista/RMG album, I Look to You, taking advantage of its Monday release date to be eligible for this year’s Grammys, will debut at #1, with a robust sales figure of 250-275k.
That’s based on two-day sales reports from those among our crack group of retail reporters who haven’t yet paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Her second day, Tuesday, which would have been the normal release date, proved every bit as busy as the first.
Miley Cyrus’ seven-song Wal-Mart exclusive, The Time of Our Lives, which leaked before street date to the tune of 60k+, debuting at #2 on this week’s chart and foreclosing an expected diva duel, will nevertheless remain the runner-up, with a total between 140-150k for the Hollywood Records release.
Atlantic R&B star and former Grammy nominee Trey Songz’ Ready is up next at between 100-115k.
Other expected chart debuts include Epic’s Chevelle (35-40k), Polo Grounds/J/RMG’s Pitbull (30-35k), Silver Arrow’s the Black Crowes (30-35k), Reprise’s The Used (25-30k) and Verve Forecast’s John Fogerty with his Blue Ridge Rangers album (12-15k).
The market was up 2% vs. last week, down 19% vs. same week last year and still down 15% year to date.
In other news, John Slattery’s black-faced rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” as ad agency chief Roger Sterling from last week’s episode of Mad Men is not the #1 download on iTunes. But it should be.”
After a 30+ year career in the entertainment industry and a 20+ year career on top of the music charts- Janet Jackson shows no signs of giving up her position. Hits Daily Double guesstimates that Janet’s new CD, “Discipline” sold about 180,000 copies- enough to put it in the #1 position on this week’s Billboard chart. Janet didn’t start promoting her new CD until last week when she performed on Good Morning America and MTV’s TRL, which makes her sales even more impressive. Look for Janet to keep up the heavy promoting this week as well. Janet appeared on the Tyra Banks show earlier today and is scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live later on tonight.