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New Drake, KoL, Krewella Albums Start Strong on iTunes

Yes, yes, in a week with so many diverse, exciting new album releases, everyone is a winner.

But gushy lines aside, no matter how accurate for the music community, there will also be a sales winner on next week’s Billboard 200 album sales chart. More specifically, Drake’s new “Nothing Was the Same” will reign atop the heap to give the “Degrassi” alum his third number one.

That album, unsurprisingly, immediately shot to the top of iTunes’ Album Sales Chart after the leading music retailer cleared its release Tuesday. Odds are strong that it will hold onto that position all week.

Given the unique targets of the week’s other new albums, it will nonetheless be interesting to see how they fare on iTunes–and how that digital performance forecasts overall ranking on the Billboard album sales chart.

Thus far, Kings of Leon’s comeback album “Mechanical Bull” possesses the Apple e-tailer’s number two position, leading Cher’s “Closer to the Truth” and Krewella’s studio debut “Get Wet.”

Last week’s Jack Johnson and Avicii releases claim the fifth and sixth position over R5’s new “Louder” and holdovers from Dream Theater and Elton John.

Icona Pop’s anticipated “This Is…Icona Pop” is presently in tenth on iTunes, while CHVRCHES’ buzzworthy “The Bones of What You Believe” has reached eleventh.

In nineteenth and twentieth, respectively, Gungor’s “I Am Mountain” and the Glee Cast’s “Glee Sings the Beatles” are the other new releases in the top ten.

Because several of the aforementioned acts will garner most of their purchases via digital stores–and in a front-loaded manner–one should not conclude that anything, save for the obvious Drake release, is going to be a major hit on next week’s chart. But with fans facing so many music choices this week, it is always interesting to see how the first wave of digital buyers is reacting.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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