SWIFT WINS RACE AGAIN
SWIFT WINS RACE AGAIN: Country ingénue Taylor Swift will once more top the HITS Album Sales chart next week, with sales landing in the 60-65k range, which will still top the previous low of 59k set by the Dreamgirls soundtrack in 2007. It will mark the sixth straight week she’s been #1 on our holiday-interrupted tally.
The only two releases of note this week are Mariah Carey’s Ballads, a best-of on Sony Legacy and Frank Sinatra’s Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love on WMG’s Rhino label, each looking at about 20k, which would place them solidly in the Top 20, based on last week’s results. Sales yesterday may not reflect an totally accurate picture for the week as many people stayed home to watch the inauguration, but the market was down 6% vs. last week, down 15% vs. same week last year and now down 11% year to date. Get to work, Obama! (1/21p)