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Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” Album Sales Lead Avetts, Scotty McCreery

Four years removed from predecessor “Backspacer,” Pearl Jam’s new LP “Lightning Bolt” is pacing for a bow in the same sales ballpark.

Based on its opening day sales data, Hits Daily Double forecasts 170-180,000 debut-week sales for “Bolt,” which would mark a slight decline from the 189,000 moved by the 2009 album. Far from a discouraging drop, the news also brings positivity with its promise of a near-certain number one debut on next week’s Billboard 200.

Among new releases, the closest competitor will be Paul McCartney’s “New.” Hits is eyeing a debut total in the 70-80,000 range.

Other new entries include The Avett Brothers’ “Magpie & The Dandelion” (60-70K), Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” (40-45K), Head and the Heart’s “Let’s Be Still” (35-40K), Willie Nelson’s “To All the Girls…” (27-30K) and Gavin DeGraw’s “Make a Move” (25-28K).

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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