Chart Analysis February 18, 2020

Sales for new Tame Impala signal high debut in major markets

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Sales for new Tame Impala signal high debut in major markets

Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush looks set to be Kevin Parker’s first #1 UK album.

The LP is on track to pip Justin Bieber’s latest Changes to the #1 position, according to new sales figures from The Official UK Charts Company.

The mid-week update places just 900 chart sales between the two, and The Slow Rush should beat Parker’s highest UK charting position; with Currents in 2015 (#3).

Bieber’s star power should be enough for a #1 debut in the US, however, with the pop king on track for a whopping seventh #1 on the Billboard 200.

Billboard suggests that a high debut for The Slow Rush is also on the cards, while Hits Daily Double projecting a third-place finish.

HDD expects Parker’s latest album to sell between 80,000 to 90,000 units.

That would better the #4 peak achieved by Currents on the Billboard 200, while Lonerism reached a high point of #34.

Tame Impala’s best ever performing singles in the US are both from The Slow Rush, with ‘It Might Be Time’ (#8) and ‘Lost In Yesterday’ (#6) the first singles to break the Top 10.

Closer to home, Parker could add to his ARIA Albums Chart #1, which came with 2015’s Currents.

Insiders tell TMN that Tame Impala is “on track” for a #1 debut, with about two thousand units between Parker and Bieber.

A streaming surge by Beliebers could, however, tip the scales as we near the end of the chart week. But the team at Island Records Australia already have the champagne on ice.

2010’s Innerspeaker and 2012’s Lonerism both peaked at #4.

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