Absence did not quite make the heart grow fonder for Paramore, but the good news is that the band’s new self-titled release is tracking for a number one debut.
According to Billboard, the album–the band’s follow-up to 2009’s “Brand New Eyes” and first studio release since the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro–is pacing for approximately 110,000 opening week sales. That should be enough for a number one debut on next week’s Billboard 200.
“Eyes,” which fell short of number one in a competitive release week, moved 175,000 copies in its first frame.
— Buzz over “Accidental Racist,” meanwhile, will not be enough to help Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” avoid a major decline from its predecessor’s sales mark. The new album is pacing for 80-100,000 debut week sales, down from the 153,000 moved by 2011’s “This is Country Music.”