Billboard have posted the following article written by Keith Caulfield regarding Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts.
Next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rock band Avenged Sevenfold is gunning for a possible No. 1 debut with its new album, “Nightmare.” Initial sales projections from industry prognosticators suggest that the album could sell in the range of 160,000 to 180,000 by week’s end on Aug. 8.
Of course, as we saw last week, sometimes projections don’t always pan out. It’s not over until next Wednesday morning when the new chart is unveiled, but if Avenged Sevenfold makes it to No. 1 it’ll mark the group’s first chart-topper. The band’s 2007 self-titled set debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Eminem’s “Recovery” has a chance at holding at No. 1 for a sixth frame. This past week, the album shifted 187,000 with a small decline of just 4% compared to the previous frame. However, that tiny drop in sales was likely owed to the album’s sale pricing and promotion at Target and Best Buy. It’s a safe bet to think that “Recovery” will see a sizable drop after the glow of the sale pricing wears off — and that drop could be enough to let Avenged Sevenfold enter at No. 1.
Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare” may be the only debut in the top 10 next week. The next-highest entering set could be Tech N9ne’s new collaberations offering “The Gates Mixed Plate,” which aiming for the top 15.
Thanks Cameron for sending this in!