Last week was a terrible week for almost any act with a record out. Every act on the Top 50 except one (Lady GaGa) saw sales drop from anywhere from 2% to 76%, except for the 8 new entries.
Green Day topped the charts with their new entry "21st Century Breakdown" at a respectable 221,345 units but the #2 position was held by Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack at only 68,515 units.
It'll be interesting to see what Green Day does this week when the new totals come out. The band has also released a premium edition of the release that includes a 3 vinyl record set and 60 page book. The release is limited to only 3000 and is available for $90.
All that being said, it looks like the new Eminem release Relapse will score between 500 to 600,000 units in it's first week, far surpassing 21st Century Breakdown. We'll know for sure next Tuesday.
It just goes to show that there's an appetite for good music, regardless of the genre. But while opening week is always prime for a superstar act, beware week 2.