The effects of Hurricane Sandy and its massive power outages throughout the East Coast may cost Meek Mill‘s Dreams & Nightmares solo debut from selling over 200,000 as new projections have now surfaced.
Based on weekend projections, Meek’s new LP now has sales estimates going up to 180,000.
AND NOW, YOUR TOP 15: This week’s top debut, Meek Mill, seems to have been impacted the hardest by this week’s storms, flooding and power outages in the Northeast. While most of the other titles are falling in line with expectations, Mill, whose base has been heaviest in the New York/Philadelphia areas, seems to be coming in considerably below earlier forecasts. His projection today has dropped nearly 10% over what the numbers suggested yesterday. In addition, Meek’s digital share may be substantially higher than comparable first week titles indicating consumers on the East Coast are more focused on getting their power back on and back to work rather than buying new releases. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend: Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 325-340k * Meek Mill (Maybach/Warner Bros.) 165-180k * Rod Stewart (Verve) 75-80k (HITS Daily Double)
Initial projections had the album flirting with up to 200,000 sold copies.
With much of the East Coast still digging its way out from superstorm Sandy’s wake, there’s a larger margin of error than usual in this week’s numbers. But Maybach/Warner Bros. hip-hop phenom Meek Mill is stepping out strong, leading the key debuts with a projected 175-200k for his Dreams & Nightmares. He’s got a huge constituency in New York, though, so the figures we’re seeing may be unusually susceptible to this very inclement weather. (HITS Daily Double)
Earlier in the week, Meek acknowledged the potential impact Sandy could have on the LP’s tally.
“Yeah, it’ll affect it a little bit … but I ain’t really trippin’ on the first week, man,” Meek told MTV News on Wednesday (October 31). “My album will sustain itself just like my mixtapes. I continued to rap all year long. I toured on mixtapes that been put out almost a year ago, two years ago, you know, it really shouldn’t be a problem. It’s kinda damaging for the first two days, but luckily we got iTunes, and when stores open up today or tomorrow, we’ll get back on track.” (MTV)
Heading into the weekend, nearly 500,000 New Yorkers were without power following the natural disaster.
Officials were finally hopeful that the grim litany of carnage would finally level off. Gov. Cuomo said the city and state were making the “transition to the reconstruction phase” after four days of rescue and recovery work. There were still more than 435,000 New Yorkers without power Friday – nearly half located in Manhattan. But Con Ed officials said they hoped to have the power back on in flood-ravaged lower Manhattan in time for residents to watch Sunday’s Giants-Steelers game. (New York Daily News)
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