Of the various new albums that arrived this past Friday, Hozier’s “Wasteland, Baby!” looks like the strongest early performer.
According to Hits Daily Double, the album is expected to sell 70-75K pure US copies this week. With units from track sales and streams included, it may generate 75-80K in first-week consumption.
The pure sales figure should convincingly rank as the best for any album this week. The consumption figure may be the best for a debut (the only obvious threat is 2 Chainz’ “Rap or Go to the League,” which is pacing for 65-70K), but it will doubtfully be enough to top Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” for the overall #1 position.