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Early US Sales Projections Emerge For “Black Panther,” “Fifty Shades Freed” Soundtracks

Initial US album sales and consumption projections have emerged for the “Black Panther” and “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtracks. Based on opening day data, Hits Daily Double expects “Black Panther” to sell 35-40,000 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 110-120,000 units. A consumption total in that range would almost certainly net “Black Panther” #1 on this week’s Billboard 200. The sales total may not, however, be enough to defeat the enduring “Greatest Showman” soundtrack for #1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The soundtrack moved ... Read more

“Black Panther” Soundtrack Earns #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart; “Fifty Shades Freed” #2

This week’s biggest album releases are the soundtracks to “Black Panther” and “Fifty Shades Freed.” Predictably, those albums rocketed to the top of the US iTunes sales chart upon debuting late Thursday night. The “Black Panther” soundtrack is #1 on the listing as of press time at 1:55AM ET Friday. “Fifty Shades Freed” follows at #2. The enduring “Greatest Showman” soundtrack follows at #3, while Justin Timberlake’s “Man Of The Woods” occupies the #4 position. Brian Fallon’s new “Sleepwalkers” is positioned at #5. Dashboard Confessional’s new “Crooked Shadows” (#6), Elevation Collective’s new “Evidence” (#7), MGMT’s new “Little Dark Age” (#8), ... Read more

Justin Timberlake’s “Man Of The Woods” Pacing For 240-250K US Sales, 275-290K US Units

Update: Tuesday night, Hits Daily Double downgraded its projections for Justin Timberlake’s “Man Of The Woods.” The publication, which initially projected 300-350,000 first-week units in the US (pending an assessment of the Super Bowl impact), adjusted its expectation to 250-275,000 units. It expected 210-225,000 of those units to come in the form of pure album sales. Wednesday, the publication issued more favorable numbers. It is now expecting 240-250,000 in pure sales and 275-290,000 in total units. Billboard, for what it’s worth, is projecting “around 300,000” in total units. Big by overall market standards, the numbers will likely end up as ... Read more

Why Don’t We’s New “Trust Fund Baby” Issued To Pop Radio; Ed Sheeran Confirmed As Writer

Why Don’t We’s new single “Trust Fund Baby” debuted on digital platforms late Wednesday/early Thursday. It was concurrently made available to pop radio. While an impact date has not yet been confirmed, “Trust Fund Baby” is indeed slated as an official radio single. The hope is that it will become the second Why Don’t We single to chart at pop radio. The group first did so with “Something Different,” which reached the Top 40 this past summer. In a promotional asset distributed via the service, Atlantic specifically trumpets Ed Sheeran’s involvement as a writer. Listen below:

Fall Out Boy’s “MANIA” Pacing For 105-110K US Sales, 110-115K US Units

Opening week US sales and consumption projections have emerged for Fall Out Boy’s “MANIA.” Based on initial sales data, Hits Daily Double expects the new album to sell 105-110,000 pure US copies during the January 19-25 tracking period. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) included, the album should debut with 110-115,000 in first-week US consumption units. Assuming those figures prove accurate, “MANIA” should be in contention for #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales (pure sales) and Billboard 200 (consumption) charts. “MANIA” is the follow-up to “American Beauty/American Psycho,” which debuted with 192K pure copies and 218K total ... Read more

The Chainsmokers’ New Single “Sick Boy” Debuted Wednesday Morning

At 10AM ET Wednesday morning, The Chainsmokers surprised fans with a new single. Entitled “Sick Boy,” the new song was made available for purchasing and streaming on the major digital platforms. The duo also released a video for the song, while Columbia’s radio promotions team issued the song to mainstream radio. While the impact date has not been formally announced, Columbia is obviously seeking immediate airplay for the track. “Sick Boy” represents the duo’s first official radio single since “Honest,” which reached the Top 20 at pop radio last year. It is unclear whether “Sick Boy” is associated with a ... Read more

Camila Cabello Battling “Greatest Showman” For #1 On Billboard 200 Chart

Update: With just over one full day left in the January 12-18 tracking week, the race between Camila Cabello’s “Camila” and the soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” remains very tight. Hits Daily Double now projects that both will post US consumption totals in the mid-to-high 90,000s. Consumption, as a reminder, is the sum of pure sales, TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500). It informs placement on the Billboard 200. “Camila” is new to the market this week. “The Greatest Showman” launched in December — and caught fire at the turn of the New Year. It has spent the past ... Read more

Update: Camila Cabello’s “Camila” Pacing For 48-53K US Album Sales, 85-95K Total US Units

Update: With more data available, Hits Daily Double has upgraded its opening week sales and consumption projections for Camila Cabello’s “Camila.” The album is now expected to sell 48-53,000 pure US copies this week. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) included, the album will likely debut with 85-95,000 in overall consumption units. The original projections called for 43-48,000 in sales and 75-85,000 in consumption. Pure sales inform the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, while consumption drives the Billboard 200. While specific projections are not yet available, “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack represents the greatest threat to a #1 Billboard ... Read more

Bruno Mars & Cardi B Release New Version Of “Finesse” – Watch The Video

Last month, Atlantic revealed that Bruno Mars would be releasing new music on January 4. The eagerly anticipated new release actually came late on the night of January 3. It is a new version of Bruno Mars previously released song “Finesse” — it features his labelmate (and rising music superstar) Cardi B. In addition to launching the audio on digital platforms, Mars released the official music video for the song. The new version of “Finesse” enters the market a day before fellow music superstar Justin Timberlake releases his new single “Filthy.” Watch the “In Living Color”-themed video now:

Justin Timberlake’s New Single “Filthy” Debuting With Video On January 5

Tuesday, Justin Timberlake officially announced that his new album “Man Of The Woods” would be released on February 2. He also confirmed that the album’s first single would drop on January 5. Wednesday, RCA confirmed more details. The first single is entitled “Filthy.” It was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja. James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson also have writing credits. Mark Romanek directed the video, which is also due January 5. “The dance heavy video features Timberlake as a modern day inventor presenting his latest creation to the world,” says RCA of the clip. Prior to the February ... Read more