Country queen Carrie Underwood is set to knock the King of Pop off his throne next week as the â€œAmerican Idolâ€ winnerâ€™s new set, â€œPlay On,â€ is on target to sell up to 340,000 copies in its debut week.
Thatâ€™s more than twice as much as Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œThis is Itâ€ looks like it will move, according to Hits Daily Double, which puts the companion CD to the film at around 170,000 copies.
There are plenty of other debuts to crow about: Gleeks are snapping up the soundtrack to â€œGlee,â€ which will come in at No. 3 with sales of 125,000 copies and holiday shoppers are going in big for Andrea Bocelliâ€™s holiday title, â€œMy Christmas.â€ Hits Daily Double predicts opening frame sales ofÂ 110,000-120,000. That is at least five times what Bob Dylan or David Archuleta sold in the opening week with their holiday-themed titles a few weeks back.
There was a time when any new â€œNow Thatâ€™s What I Call Musicâ€ set debuted at No. 1. That day may have passed due to digital downloading, but â€œNow 32â€ looks good for a Top 5 debut with sales of around 70,000. That will be enough to squeeze past Weezerâ€™s â€œRatitude,â€Â which should bow at No. 6 with 60,000-65,000 copies sold.
Other new titles selling well, but probably not enough to debut in the Top 10 include the Foo Fighters greatest hits and the new Slayer. Both are predicted to sell in the 35,000-40,000 range.
Remember those days when you bought a CD and actually got excited at discovering the songs you hadn’t heard yet? That’s rapidly disappearing. In other words, another day, another song from Rihanna’s “Rated R” has leaked.
“Hard” featuring Young Jeezy is easily the catchiest of the tunes we’ve heard off of the Nov. 23 CD so far. It’s accessible and yet it has an edge.
Written by Tricky Stewart and The Dream, the terrific twosome who brought us “Umbrella,” “Hard” has a much, err, sorry, harder sound than “Umbrella” and is consistent with the tougher, world weary Rihanna displayed so far on “Rated R” tunes “Russian Roulette” and “Wait Your Turn.” At the same time, it’s the first of the trio that we can actually imagine radio playing as other than a novelty.
Another plus: the slight reggae/dub beat that befits a girl from Barbados and her matching delivery. Just try not to sing “where they at” after listening a few times. Young Jeezy’s rap fits in perfectly and provides a nice contrast to Rihanna’s lighter delivery.
Rihanna’s singing all about, well, herself here. Apparently, she’s the “tougher than a lion” and is “the hottest bitch in heels.” Wanna tell her otherwise?
Rihanna will preview tracks from new album, “Rated R,” on Nov. 16 during a globally streamed live performance from an undisclosed London location.