The highest first-week sales this year, so far, came from Madonna‘s MDNA, which opened with 359,000 copies in early April. Billboard points out that the best sales frame overall in 2012 was the week following the Grammys, when Adele‘s 2011 LP 21 moved 730,000. Do you Belieb Believe can set a new benchmark for the year?
Justin Bieber could pull off a threepeat when his just-released album Believe hits the charts next week. His previous two releases, My World 2.0 and Under The Mistletoe, both hit the top of the Billboard Top 200. And according to trade publication Billboard, Believe is on its way to achieving the same feat. (Bieber’s very first release, the 2009 EP My World, peaked at #5.) According to industry sources, Justin’s second studio LP could sell between 400,000 and 500,000 copies next week, which would definitely earn it the distinction of having the top debut for an album in 2012.