News: The Weeknd's "Trilogy" First-Week Sales Estimates Decrease

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer The Weeknd's new Trilogy compilation album should have no problems debuting in the top five music retail releases next week, however, new projections show it likely selling under 100,000 copies.

Based on updated projections, the new project could sell up to 95,000 records.

TOP 15 GETS UNIDIRECTIONAL: In what will be the third-largest debut of the year (behind Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons), One Direction will lead a Top 15 next week that could contain as many as 10 new releases. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend (not to be confused with The Weeknd): * One Direction (Syco/Columbia) 535-560k Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 140-150k * The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 90-95k * Soundgarden (Seven Four/Republic) 80-85k (HITS Daily Double)

Initial estimates had the jam-packed album pushing up to 105,000 units.

Syco/Columbia's One Direction is expected to sell a teenage riot of 525-575k on their way to #1 this week, and while nothing else in the current crop of debuts will put up numbers like that, they're all likely to end up under the tree, in the stocking or appended to a mesh bag of Chanukah gelt. The Weeknd from XO/Republic is on track to move 95-105k; the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 ST from Chop Shop/Atlantic should bite off 85-90k; and the latest from RCA diva and The Voice star Christina Aguilera is set to rack up 75-80k. (Hits Daily Double)

The new project is a compilation of Weeknd's first three underground efforts.

Since Drake 's October's Very Own crew plugged a few Weeknd cuts in a blog post in 2010, Tesfaye has shied away from press, and his mainstream appearances were few and far between: a hook here, a sample there, a handful of live performances. Given how he's ducked from the spotlight, it's easy to feel as if we haven't learned much about him. But Trilogy (out November 13), the reissue of those first three mixtapes, says more than enough. A sinister, seemingly Eyes Wide Shut-inspired swingers club fantasy, Trilogy unravels a broader story of indulgence (House of Balloons), addiction (Thursday) and sobering up (Echoes of Silence) that's most devastating when swallowed whole. (Idolator)

Music agent Joel Zimmerman recently spoke on the singer's reluctance to do media interviews.

Zimmerman notes that the Weeknd has already begun recording new material, and that major touring plans will bring him to Europe in the spring, the festival circuit in the summer and even bigger U.S. venues next fall. The artist may even become more accessible in due time. "At some point, he'll start doing press," Zimmerman says, "but right now it's been more about the music and the performance and just evolving as an artist." (Billboard)

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