Rihanna is sorta the Susan Lucci of the music industry when it comes to album sales. The 24-year-old singer can churn out hits and score Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles after another, but can’t seem to do the same when it comes to her albums. With six previous tries, Robyn Rihanna Fenty hasn’t topped Billboard’s Top 200 album chart yet. But will lucky number seven prove lucky for the “Diamonds” singer?
Before we get to RiRi’s projected first week sales numbers, let’s quickly discuss a few other notable releases this week. Hits Daily Double is giving a wider range than normal due to the Black Friday shopping blitz. Reigning American Idol champ Phillip Phillips’s debut album, The World From The Side of The Moon, is expected to move an impressive 140,000-160,000 copies its first week. Not too shabby. Meanwhile, OG Idol Kelly Clarkson will only sell about 45,000-50,000 units of her latest which isn’t bad for a greatest hits compilation. Other projections include Pitbull’s Global Warning (35-40K), Keyshia Cole’s Woman to Woman (75-80K) and Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul (160-180K). Find out Rihanna’s numbers below.
Christina Aguilera’s seventh studio album Lotus is out and receiving better reviews than Bionic, but will that translate to album sales? Bionic was considered a commercial debacle and sold only 110,000 copies out of the gate. Since X-Tina is much more visible now thanks to her weekly stint on The Voice, she has a better platform to launch a new album. Just look at her co-judge Adam Levine who currently has the longest-running single of 2012.
Before I get to Christina’s numbers, I wanted to chat briefly about One Direction. The British boy band sensation also released a new album this week. In fact, it’s their second one of 2012. According to Hits Daily Double (which is pretty spot on usually), Take Me Home is on track to move 525,000 to 575,000 making it a sure thing to land No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart next week. Clearly, X-Tina isn’t going to match that number but will Lotus bloom for Auggie? Find out below.