Indie rockers Vampire Weekend eye U.S. album crown
By Keith Caulfield
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Indie rock band Vampire Weekend seems a good bet to take the No. 1 spot on next week's U.S. pop album chart.
Based on first-day sales numbers, industry sources are projecting the group's second album "Contra" could sell 60,000-75,000 copies by week's end on Sunday.
Rookie pop singer Ke$ha currently rules the Billboard 200 chart after her debut album "Animal" sold 152,000 copies during its first week.
Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut album entered and peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 17 with 28,000 copies a little under two years ago. It has sold far sold 491,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Contra" is being sold for $9.99 in iTunes' Store and $3.99 in Amazon's MP3 Store. The latter retailer got a head start on the Vampire action, as it began selling the set on Monday -- one day earlier than the album's official street date. Target and Best Buy are also offering the title for just under $8.
Among the other albums released this week and due on next week's charts are Ringo Starr's "Y Not," Omarion's "Ollusion" and OK Go's "Of the Blue Color of the Sky."
Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week, as reflected in Billboard's sales charts, runs from Monday through Sunday of each week. Next week's album charts will be revealed on Wednesday, January 20, and will reflect data through the week ending Sunday, January 13.
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