When it comes to the album sales game, everyone knows this week’s release belongs to Miley Cyrus and her new album “Bangerz.”
Set to move at least 250,000 copies in its opener, “Bangerz” will dethrone Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience Part 2″ while also dominating all newcomers.
But several of those newcomer albums come from noteworthy artists with buzz of their own, and the combination will result in a mixed bag of sales results.
Following Cyrus’ album, Panic! at the Disco’s “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” looks to be the next-biggest debut. Based on early sales traction, Hits Daily Double forecasts a bow in the 90-100,000 range.
That will likely be enough to fend off competition from Pusha T, whose “My Name is My Name” looks set to move 75-80,000.
She–and her debut album “Frame by Frame”–garnered significantly more buzz than the two “The Voice” winners who preceded her, but Cassadee Pope will not make too much of a splash on the album charts. Estimate show her album will move a modest 40-45,000. While not bad for a country debut, the total is underwhelming given the hope that Pope would be the first “Voice” winner to transform her exposure on the show into vast commercial success.
Other debut estimate: Korn’s “The Paradigm Shift” (~40-45K), Alter Bridge’s “Fortress” (30-35K) and Mayday Parade’s “Monsters in the Closet” (30-35K).