Mariah Carey’s album “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.” has had a number of news-making happenings on its way to being released. First, fans were told the album would be dropping a la Beyonce, with a surprise release. But issues and perhaps loose lips derailed that plan. Then, it was supposed to be released in March but suffered a series of delays. On a more positive fanboy note, a die hard could not wait for the May 27th album date release and purchased the album in Germany for $1,200. But her new single “Thirsty” has received mixed reviews. And a song that was released way back in August 2012, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” which could arguably be called the point at which the promotion for the new album began, isn’t on this record.
And now in the latest news, “The Elusive Chanteuse” may find that it’s the number one spot on the Billboard list that will actually elude her.
Billboard says “The Elusive Chanteuse” will be the lowest first week sales for a Carey non-holiday studio album. Carey will hold a spot on the top 10 list with 55,000 to 60,000 copies sold, but this will land the album in the number three spot on the charts. Mimi has six #1 albums between the years of 1991 and 2008. This is Carey’s first album in almost five years.
“The new album’s most recent charting single, ‘You’re Mine (Eternal),’ spent one week on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 88 on the March 1-dated chart,” Billboard reports. “The set previously logged a No. 15 hit with ‘#Beautiful,’ featuring Miguel, in June 2013. Comparably, the ‘Memoirs’ album launched with the No. 7-peaking single ‘Obsessed.’ (Carey holds the mark for the most Hot 100 No. 1s, 18, among soloists. Among all acts, only the Beatles, with 20, have more.)”
Coldplay and their album, “Ghost Stories,” is slated to take the number one spot instead. The British foursome sold 383,000 copies in the week ending on May 25. Currently, Carey is holding the number 2 spot but may be bumped down a notch because of Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” album, which has sold 211,000 albums. Both Gilbert and Coldplay may sell 65,000 and 80,000 copies in their second week.
The Nielsen Soundscan Building Chart that tracks the performance of albums, operates on a Monday through Thursday schedule. It reflects the SoundScan tracking week that ends every Sunday. It reports the sales of six merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard says these merchants make up about 85 percent of all U.S. album sales.
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