Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Expected To Re-enter Billboard Top 40 This Week.

iTunes Discount on Catalogue Titles Reignites Album Sales

With last weeks iTunes sale on Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits at $6.99 in the U.S. (it's since gone back up to $11.99), digital sales relatively exploded for the album when you consider what the album was selling in previous weeks.

If Hits Daily Double's final number this week is correct, which for the most part Hits is fairly accurate in predicting album sales chart placement, Greatest Hits will land somewhere around #27 with sales of approx. 10,872 units. (Updated 8/7/13: The album will leap from #172 to #29 on Thursday's published Billboard Chart).  This would be a massive increase over the last two weeks sales where the album sold 2,446 units and 2,283 units.  It would also be the first time since it's initial release back in 1988 that it sat within the Billboard Top 40.

Labels should have more of these sales especially on catalogue titles... It's all about getting the music heard. Plus on catalogue album sales, it's pretty much all gravy for the record labels. 

Same scenario happened with Rumours last week in the UK... The album was discounted to £3.99 at iTunes and BOOM, it jumps from #84 to #29 on the Top 100 Albums Chart with approx. 4,000 units sold.  Today the album is priced at £4.99.

Below is a breakdown of the catalogue albums experiencing a resurgence in the U.S. and should place high on this weeks Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

13. The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel (17,440)
17. Hot Rocks (1964-1971) - Rolling Stones (16,335)
22. Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (14,770)
26. Greatest Hits - Queen (11,042)
27. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (10,872)
32. The Essential Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash (9,951)
35. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (9,411)
40. The Essential Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (8,709)

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