As 2010 comes to a close next Sunday, the final batch of major new releases hit stores this past Tuesday (21). Of the new releases none are aiming for the #1 spot currently held Taylor Swift’s juggernaut third album Speak Now.
Gunning for Top 10 debuts are Keyshia Cole’s Calling All Hearts, Jamie Foxx’s Best Night of My Life and Keri Hilson’s No Boys Allowed. Cole’s fourth album is slated to have the highest first-week numbers of the three discs. Industry prognosticators think Cole could sell around 130,000 by week’s end on Sunday, Dec. 26, while Foxx is looking to move about 120,000. Hilson’s set may sell 80,000.
Foxx’s last release, 2008’s “Intuition,” started at No. 3 with 265,000, while Cole’s previous offering, “A Different Me,” bowed the same week as “Intuition” at No. 2 with 322,000. (Beating both acts that week was the non-moving “Fearless” by Taylor Swift, which was in its third non-consecutive week atop the list, selling 330,000.)
Hilson’s last album was her debut set, “In a Perfect World,” which entered at No. 4 in April of 2009 with 94,000.
Rant: I’m somewhat surprised Keyshia Cole is project to outsell Keri Hilson considering the amount of promo time Keri has clocked in over the past few weeks, and the limited amount Frankie’s daughter has devoted to her latest project. Of course, these are just predictions and are subject to change. As was the case with Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris, which was projected to sell around 80,000 copies last week and ultimately moved just over 100,000 units. Truth be told, all three albums are weak considering their past work. The biggest disappointment is Jamie Foxx’s Best Night of My Life. Keri’s No Boys Allowed is a grower album and only after a couple listens will it become enjoyable. Keyshia, on the other hand, is just…I have quite figure it out yet.