Grammy-winning singer Rihanna’s Rated R will reportedly debut next week with estimated sales of around 200,000, based on one-day projections. While the numbers are still being calculated, RiRi is likely to debut behind reality television star Susan Boyle who is projected to move 600k First week.
That’s right, folks, the team of Barnett and Boyle, as in Columbia’s fearless leader Steve, will be #1 next week with a total that right now appears more than 600k and, dare we say it, could go even higher. Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna, whose new album Rated R has been getting stellar reviews in the L.A. and N.Y. Times and Rolling Stone, is on line for 180-200k. A couple of Cash Money/Universal Republic acts in Jay Sean and Birdman are the other new releases, both trending in the 30-35k range. (Hits Daily Double).