It’s hard to tell if those numbers are a roaring (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) success or minor disappointment. On the one hand, they represent a huge improvement on Teenage Dream‘s opening week, which netted 192,000 sales, and should be enough to overtake Miley Cyrus as the best first-week figure for a female artist in 2013.
On the other hand, the enormous success of “Roar” and the iTunes domination of buzz singles “Dark Horse” and “Walking On Air” hinted at a blockbuster debut. There are plenty of potential singles on Prism, so perhaps it will follow in the footsteps of Teenage Dream and become a slow burn mega-seller.
Is an opening bow of 270,000 — 290,000 copies sold a good start for Katy? Let us know what you think in the comments below.