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Dierks Bentley’s “Black” Pacing To Win US Sales Race; Drake To Claim #1 On Billboard 200

Thanks to what may end up being the best opening sales week of his career, Dierks Bentley’s “Black” will win the May 27-June 2 album sales race.

According to Hits Daily Double, “Black” is on pace to sell 80-85,000 US copies during its inaugural week of release.

The figure will surely top the 63,000 sold by his previous album “Riser,” and if it lands in the upper half of the range (or higher) it will be his best opening week ever. Bentley’s 2006 release “Long Trip Alone,” which sold 82,000 in its first frame, currently holds that distinction.

While “Black” will win the pure sales race, Drake’s consumption powerhouse “Views” should easily lead the Billboard 200, which ranks songs based on combined consumption from album sales + track sales/10 + track streams/1500. “Black” may not reach 100,000 in total consumption (Hits is currently projecting 85-90,000); no projection is yet available for Drake’s album, but it should post a considerably higher total.

— This week also marks the arrival of Fifth Harmony’s “7/27,” which Hits expects to sell 47-52,000 pure copies and drive 70-75,000 in total consumption.

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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