10/19/10

Holiday Music Spirit? Who Will Flop And Who Will Land At The Top



As the holidays approaches, we don our winter apparel and create lists to purchase gifts for our loved ones, the big four labels are looking at this fourth quarter to make up for lackluster sales of the previous quarter. In fact, most labels look for fourth quarter results to shore up their bottom line and create debits for the credits that may have had their balance sheet in the red. Sales on that almighty 'BlackFriday', (no pun intended) could be the savior for many a label.

Indeed, Billboard tracks the trends of cd sales and digital sales over the previous week and same week of the previous year. I've been following and the tale of declining cd sales continue to be spun. In fact, cd sales are down 15% this year as opposed to last year. The Billboard charts for the past 2 weeks saw#1 albums debut with sales under 100k. It's now to the point where getting a #1 album isn't hard for top tiered artist…..just simply pick a week with not much competition.
Following is the release date of top tiered acts cds to fall this 4th quarter as noted in this Billboard article subject to changes:

October 19
Ne-Yo Libra Scale

October 25
Taylor Swift Speak Now

November 2
Mariah Carey Merry Christmas II You

November 9
Susan Boyle The Gift


November 16
Reba McIntyre
Rihana Loud

November 22
Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This
Kanye West My Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
Ke$ha Cannibal
Akon Stadium Music

November 30
Keri Hilson No Boys Allowed
Jazmine Sullivan
Chrisette Michelle

December 7
Jessica Simpson Merry Christmas

December 14
Ciara Basic Instinct





Industry pundits are betting on Susan Boyle's 'The Gift' and Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' to 'save' the industry with projected and expected huge first week sales and platinum plus end results.

http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/10/15/taylor-swift-speak-now-million/
 


This in of itself deserves a separate post on the type of music that these 2 cds comprise of and who are purchasing them. Billboard, the industry's bible in their article states the artist's expected shipment and expected debut sales as indicated by label employees, merchandise and industry pundits:

ARTIST EXPECTED SHIPMENT EXPECT 1ST WEEK SALES
TAYLOR SWIFT 1.8MIL 750K
SUSAN BOYLE Label hasn’t said  
KANYE WEST 750k 400k
RASCAL FLATTS 500k 200k
RIHANNA 500k 200k
NICKI MINAJ 300k 125k
RASCAL FLATTS 500K 200K
BEP 500K 2005











PREDICTIONS BY LOPEZ

ARTIST EXPECTED SHIPMENT EXPECT 1ST WEEK SALES
  
MARIAH CAREY 250K 85-110K-----------------------------
KERI HILSON 250K 115K
JAZMINE SULLIVAN 250K 130K
CHRISETTE MICHELLE 200K 70K
CIARA 250K 110K



 What is telling from the prediction chart above, ^^^ is that R&B continues to not be a strong seller with only a few acts from the past and current year being able to debut with over 300k cds sold the first week as seen below:

Sade Feb 2010 501k
Alicia Keys, Nov 2009 405k
Usher March 2010 433k
Whitney Houston Aug 2009, 311k
Mary J Blige Dec2009 332k

The thing to be gleaned from this list is that all are industry veterans with over a decade invested in the music business. In addition, they all pretty much stayed to their core sounds and didn't really try anything edgy or risky. Perhaps that is wise in this kind of music environment when the dice is thrown every time a label releases a cd.

From the list above, the heavy hitters are either AC, country and rap genres. It will be interesting to see how these industry projections hold up as we know from the previous big releases of Kate Perry, Maroon 5 and Linkin' Park, industry prognosticators were way off base in their predictions. Kate Perry was expected to move between 500-700k cds the first week and Maroon5 and Linkin' Park were expected to at least come close to their previous albums first week sales which were 400k+ and 623k respectively. When the numbers were released, Katy Perry, despite having 2 huge platinum plus selling singles and an impressive promo schedule only moved 191k with Maroon5 moving 155k and Linkin Park 241k.


LOPEZ'S View


I do concur that Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift will do extremely well with their sales. I expect both to debut with 350+ to 475k+ sales respectively with Boyle going on to scan platinum plus for the season's run and Taylor not to do as well as 'Fearless' but still to sell a very good 2mil + cds when all is said and done. The wilds are Kanye West and Rihanna. I expect Yeezy to easily sell over 350k first week but with none of his singles catching fire on radio, it will be hard for him to move more than 1mil cds imo. Rihanna is the singles queen. 'Only Girl' is on it's way to platinum status at Itunes and has vacillated between #3 and  #8 on the Hot 100 Billboard charts. Now with the Drake featured, 'What's My Name' on deck and release date 4 wks off, it's hard to say. She's always been a singles seller although, 'Rated R' has sold-995k cds in the US and shipped 3mil WW, her popularity as it relates to sales is at a higher peak abroad. With all of the promo $$s invested in her, and her tour, she should have easily scanned more than 1.5mil cds. With that said, it will be interesting to see if she is overexposed and still a singles artist with the elusive #1 album outof her reach for her pat 4 albums, will she be able to get that #1?or will she be able to cross the 200k first week sales mark? I say noto #1 if Rascal Flatts doesn't move their release date and no to over 200k unless Def Jam put the album on sale for $7.99.

Super-TuesdayLite

R&B for the newer ladies is in a state of mess right now! Miss Keri Baby's first single, 'Breaking Point' doesn't seem to be breaking through thus the hurried push out of the second single, penned by Ne-Yo, 'Pretty Girl Rock! The Gerogia Peach, Ciara, has seen some of the air come out of her balloon after the banned, 'Ride' f/Ludicris peaked top 10 on the R&B charts. Since then, she has pushed out the double release of 'Speechless' which indeed has left radio speechless with hardly any airplay and the funky 'Gimme Dat' which saw Ciara going back to her dance rooms. Jazmine Sullivan's' Round and Roud' seems to be taking off after a slow start but all of these ladies have pushed back their albums multiple times leaving fans irritated, confounded and wanting. IMO, I don't think any of the ladies will do beyond 150k first week with Jazmine Sullivan being the wild card.


I think Ciara has the most to lose because I expect her label, JIve to drop her if her sales are anemic again In the vein of her previous release, 'Fantasy Ride' which has sold a measly 197k copies to date. Keri will have a last get out of jail free ticket as he brings her songwriting skills to the table. Her last cd, sold 538k (Gold) after multiple videos and features. Chrisette Michelle's last album was 2009's lowest #1 in terms of sales having sold 460k cds to date (Gold).


Go ahead and sound off as to who will be the season's best seller? who will get to platinum status? Who will be #1in their release week? and which of the R&B ladies on Super-Tuesday Lite will be crowned 'Swag queen' for #1 spot?



Sourced by Lopez aka Tibby, article by me, Tara



 







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Billboard Chart: Now In Final

Who would have thought that a prisoner could have the Number 1 album in the country? That is right, Lil Wayne's new album I am Not A Human Being will debut at number 1 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Coming in the number 2 spot is former lead singer of popular 90s rock group Hootie & The Blowfish Darius Rocker, with his latest Charleston SC 1966. Here is the full chart below:



LW TW artist / album label power index % change

17 1 LIL WAYNE CASH MONEY/UNIV MOTOWN 118,747 +410%
I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING

-- 2 DARIUS RUCKER CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 101,453 --
CHARLESTON, SC 1966

-- 3 BIG TIME RUSH NICKELODOEN 66,177 --
B.T.R.

-- 4 THE BAND PERRY UNIV REPUBLIC NASHVILLE 51,790 --
THE BAND PERRY

4 5 EMINEM SHADY/AFTERMATH/INT 49,907 -5%
RECOVERY

2 6 KENNY CHESNEY BNA/RCA NASHVILLE 42,025 -34%
HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY

5 7 ZAC BROWN BAND ATLANTIC 33,845 -19%
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE

-- 8 SUFJAN STEVENS ASTHMATIC KITTY 32,477 --
AGE OF ADZ

1 9 TOBY KEITH SHOW DOG 30,681 -56%
BULLETS IN THE GUN

-- 10 ALL THAT REMAINS PROSTHETIC 30,175 --
FOR WE ARE MANY

6 11 LINKIN PARK WARNER BROS. 27,580 -28%
A THOUSAND SUNS

9 12 TREY SONGZ ATLANTIC 27,220 -17%
PASSION PAIN & PLEASURE

3 13 BRUNO MARS NEW ELEKTRA 26,966 -51%
DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS

11 14 SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE HOLLYWOOD 26,714 -2%
A YEAR WITHOUT RAIN

10 15 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 25,142 -8%
MY WORLD 2.0

8 16 KATY PERRY CAPITOL/EMI 20,819 -37%
TEENAGE DREAM

13 17 MAROON 5 A&M/OCTONE 19,778 -21%
HANDS ALL OVER

22 18 SANTANA ARISTA/RMG 19,305 +4%
GUITAR HEAVEN: GREATEST GUITAR

-- 19 BELLE & SEBASTIAN MATADOR 18,639 --
WRITE ABOUT LOVE

7 20 WAKA FLOCKA FLAME ASYLUM/WB 18,187 -50%
FLOCKAVELI

14 21 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 35 CAPITOL/EMI 17,975 -25%
VARIOUS ARTISTS

-- 22 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 17,655 --
MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

23 23 MUMFORD & SONS GLASSNOTE 17,534 -5%
SIGH NO MORE

-- 24 FAR EAST MOVEMENT CHERRYTREE/INTERSCOPE 16,966 --
FREE WIRED

-- 25 TRAPT ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC 15,125 --
NO APOLOGIES

19 26 JOHN LEGEND WITH THE ROOTS COLUMBIA 15,087 -26%
WAKE UP

26 27 JAMEY JOHNSON MERCURY NASHVILLE 14,359 -12%
GUITAR SONG

28 28 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 14,223 +2%
NEED YOU NOW

24 29 ERIC CLAPTON REPRISE 13,367 -19%
CLAPTON

-- 30 JOSHUA RADIN MOM & POP 12,560 --
ROCK & THE TIDE

29 31 DISTURBED REPRISE 12,032 -10%
ASYLUM

20 32 GUCCI MANE ASYLUM/WB 11,961 -41%
APPEAL: GEORGIA'S MOST WANTED

27 33 BILLY CURRINGTON MERCURY NASHVILLE 11,688 -22%
ENJOY YOURSELF

32 34 DRAKE YM/CASH MONEY/UNIV MOTOWN 11,388 -6%
THANK ME LATER

30 35 FANTASIA J RECORDS/RMG 10,806 -18%
BACK TO ME

-- 36 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 10,639 --
FAME

-- 37 ROBERT PLANT ROUNDER 10,636 --
BAND OF JOY

44 38 MIRANDA LAMBERT COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 10,275 +13%
REVOLUTION

-- 39 FLORENCE + THE MACHINE UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC 10,218 --
LUNGS

43 40 RICK ROSS DEF JAM/IDJ 9,217 +1%
TEFLON DON

39 41 USHER LAFACE/JLG 9,186 -9%
VERSUS

36 42 KEM UNIVERSAL MOTOWN 9,164 -12%
INTIMACY

21 43 JOHN LENNON CAPITOL/EMI 9,056 -54%
POWER TO THE PEOPLE

40 44 ZAC BROWN BAND ATLANTIC 8,858 -12%
FOUNDATION

45 45 SARA BAREILLES EPIC 8,362 -5%
KALEIDOSCOPE HEART

46 46 BLACK KEYS NONESUCH 8,242 -5%
BROTHERS

48 47 KIDZ BOP KIDS RAZOR & TIE 7,980 -4%
KIDZ BOP 18

-- 48 KE$HA KEMOSABE/RCA/RMG 7,743 --
ANIMAL

47 49 AVENGED SEVENFOLD WARNER BROS. 7,381 -11%
NIGHTMARE

-- 50 SISTER HAZEL ROCK RIDGE MUSIC 7,236 --

I think Lil Wayne is holding pretty well for someone who is incarcerated and cannot even promote his material.  Katey Perry even with her number 1 single (summer anthem California Girls), seem to be struggling. Cannot wait to see what Kanye West and Niki Minaj will do once their latest drop on November 22nd.

New Music: Rihanna Feat Drake 'What'z My Name'



Rihanna's new song What'z My Name feat Drake, is the second single to come off her upcoming album, Loud release date Nov 16th. Rhianna recently dropped her music video for Only Girl In The World just last week. It will be amazing to watch what comes of Rihanna after a much failed tour, and not to mention, Willow Smith being the Roc Nation's new "it girl". Check out the new tune below.


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