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Metallica’s “Hardwired,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” Sales Projections Upgraded; Bruno Now Pacing For #2

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As has been the case with many recent high-profile albums, Hits Daily Double’s initial US sales projections were way too low.

The publication has upgraded its projections for Metallica’s “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct” and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.”

Originally projected to sell 250-270,000 pure US copies, “Hardwired” is now on track to sell 295-305,000. It will easily claim #1 on Top Album Sales.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) will result in a first-week consumption total of roughly 305-315,000. That should earn “Hardwired” #1 on the Billboard 200.

Bruno Mars’ album, which was originally expected to start at #3 with 110-120,000 in pure sales, now looks like a safe bet for #2. Hits has substantially upgraded its projection, now eyeing 175-185,000 in first-week US sales. With TEA and SEA included, the album should generate over 200,000 consumption units. It is poised for #2 on Top Album Sales and the Billboard 200.

Miranda Lambert’s “The Weight Of These Wings” is now on track for #3 on both charts. It should do 130-140,000 in pure US sales and 140-150,000 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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