Issued on Easter Sunday, initial projections said that Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” would debut with 28-32,000 pure US sales and 32-37,000 total US units.
At mid-week, those projections were upgraded to 31-34,000 sales and 40-45,000 units.
The critically acclaimed album ended up outperforming those upgraded projections as well.
According to data from Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, “Golden Hour” ended up selling about 38,457 pure US copies during its first week. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) included, it generated 48,797 in first-week consumption units.
Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly from that reported by Hits. Even taking into account those possible discrepancies, “Golden Hour” remains a safe bet for #2 on the Billboard Top Album Sales (pure sales) chart and a Top 5 position on the Billboard 200.