Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill‘s Dreams & Nightmares debut may have missed opening up at No. 1 but second week estimates show the LP likely staying in the Top 10.
Based on new estimates, Meek’s debut should sell up to 40,000 units after two weeks on store shelves.
TOP 15 STAYS RED: As expected, Taylor Swift will hold onto the #1 spot for another week, while holiday releases begin to settle into the Top 15. Here’s the rundown as we loaf our way to the weekend: Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 200-225k * Now 44 (Capitol) 95-100k * Aerosmith (Columbia) 65-70k Rod Stewart (Verve) 60-65k * Ne-Yo (Motown) 55-60k Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) 45-50k Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath/Interscope) 40-45k Meek Mill (Maybach/Warner Bros.) 35-40k (Rumor Mill)
This week, Meek’s long-awaited debut sold over 160,000 copies in its first seven days.
Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill’s Dreams & Nightmares opened at No. 2. With seven days knocked out, Mill’s long-awaited debut has sold 164,800 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Last week, reports claimed Hurricane Sandy may have dampered his opening week numbers.
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)
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