"Watch the Throne's" overall official first-week sales -- digital and physical combined -- will be released by Nielsen SoundScan on Wednesday morning. Currently, it's looking to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with around the 410,000-450,000. That's a downgrade from the 500,000-start that some industry pundits had predicted.
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However, as noted last week, predicting "Watch the Throne's" first week is tricky because of its unique release rollout.
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Traditionally, albums drop to all retailers on Tuesdays. However, "Watch the Throne" secured a Monday street date, but only through iTunes. Thus, normal projection models -- based on all versions of an album hitting retailers on Tuesday -- are thrown out the window.
It does perhaps point to how "Watch the Throne's" initial digital offering could have softened its interest among physical-CD consumers. The true test of the album's sales will come in its second week, when it will have a full chart week's worth of both physical and digital sales under its belt.
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