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Katy Perry’s “Witness” Projected For 175-200K US Sales, 200-225K Units

Katy Perry’s new album will debut at #1.

Katy Perry Witness Cover/Promo | Capitol Records

Projections have emerged for Katy Perry’s “Witness,” and they confirm what many surely guessed: the album is headed for a #1 debut.

According to Hits Daily Double, “Witness” is projected to sell 175-200,000 pure US copies this week. The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) should yield a first-week consumption total of 200-225,000.

Early projections have been less accurate since the switch to a Friday-Thursday tracking week, and the extent to which the Hits projections account for the ticket/album bundles is unclear.

Still, it seems very safe to conclude that “Witness” will be #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales (pure sales) and Billboard 200 (consumption) charts. No other album is expected to come close to a six-figure total this week.

“Witness” is the follow-up to Perry’s 2013 “PRISM,” which debuted at #1 on the then-sales-only Billboard 200. It sold 286,000 pure US copies in its first week.

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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