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R. Kelly, Childish Gambino Album Sales Pacing for Nearly 100K

Childish Gambino’s “Because the Internet” is not on track for a blockbuster launch, but its opening week sales tally will definitely exceed that of predecessor “Camp.”

Based on opening day sales data, Hits Daily Double forecasts an opening week launch in the 80-90,000 range. “Camp,” which hit shelves in November 2011, moved 52,000 copies in its first frame.

Despite trailing on iTunes, R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” is presently on track for a stronger overall sales week. Preliminary data suggests a bow in the 90-100,000 range for the R. Kelly album.

“Write Me Back,” R. Kelly’s last release, opened to the tune of 68,000 sales in June 2012.

While the R. Kelly and Gambino albums will rank as the week’s strongest debuts by a considerable margin, neither is expected to contend with Garth Brooks’ “Blame it All on My Roots” for number one on next week’s Billboard 200.

As Christmas draws near, Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” and The Robertsons’ “Duck the Halls” are also poised for strong sales weeks.

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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