It no longer claims the top spot on iTunes, but Slipknot’s new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” is on track to win the overall weekly album sales race.
Based on first day sales, Hits Daily Double forecasts an inaugural week total in the range of 100-110,000. That sum should be enough to give “.5” the lead over all new and holdover releases.
As far as new releases go, Neil Diamond’s “Melody Road” will likely claim second on the strength of 70-80,000. TI’s “Paperwork” and Logic’s “Under Pressure” will fight for third place; each is due to move about 65-70,000 copies.
The battle for fifth among newcomers will be between Little Big Town’s “Painkiller” (30-35,000) and Pentatonix’s “That’s Christmas to Me” (28-32,000). Also in the mix this week will be Annie Lennox’s “Nostalgia” (24-27,000) and Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” (21-24,000).