Album Sales Roundup

Christina Aguilera: Bionic

Christina Aguilera’s big comeback has been a bit of a shaky one to say the least. With many claiming the I’m Not Myself Tonight singer is copying fellow pop rival Lady Gaga, then there was the cancellation of her big tour, both here in Europe and in The States. Now the first week sales for her album are in and it’s the lowest chart sales of her whole career.

Xtina’s Bionic, debuted at a disappointing #3 spot on the U.S. sales chart. The album came behind two Soundtrack albums with – the #1 going to ‘Glee’, and the #2 for ‘Eclipse’. According to Hits Daily Double, Bionic sold a mere 111,838 copies. But in her defence I don’t think many artists could top Glee and Eclipse right now, the power and magnitude of them at the moment is enormous.

But hey all is not lost, when Rihanna first released “The Wait I Over” the lead single from her album Rated R, the track didn’t get that much love and support, not to mention first week sales for the album were pretty low. But her record company kept on pushing and RiRi kept on working hard promoting that album and now it’s done much better than anyone would have expected, especially when you consider those first week stats. She’s pulled out lots of hits and “Rude Boy” was a number one smash globally.

So if Xtina’s willing to put that extra bit of work in, Bionic can still be a big success.

Drake Thank Me Later

Someone who isn’t having such problems shifting their album in its first week sales is Canadian rapper Drake, who this week finally released his much anticipated debut LP, Thank Me Later.  According to Billboard, the album is poised to be one of 2010’s top-selling albums and is set to sell within the range of 425,000 to 475,000, probably more by the end of the week – proving that the CD formula is still well and truly alive.

If these predictions turn out to be right, it will make it one of the biggest sales weeks of the year for a single album.

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