Sugarland will move to #1 on the overall album chart this week, following a relatively small 45 percent drop from their opening week numbers. Last week, it entered at #2 with sales of 313,600. This week, it sold an additional 171,400 units, good enough to beat out Miley Cyrus, who suffers a 56 percent drop.
brings the total sales of Love on the Inside to 485,100 after only two weeks. For a sense of perspective, Sugarland is only a few thousand units shy of the current sales totals for superstar acts George Strait and Alan Jackson, and their albums were released 18 and 22 weeks ago, respectively.
Will more labels follow the novel approach of releasing a fan deluxe edition first, especially if it curtails that big second-week drop? Or did this work out so well because one of the bonus tracks (“Life in a Northern Town”) was already a radio and video hit?