In an Oct. 16 article predicting music chart moves and debuts coming up, Billboard predicted that Paul McCartney's “NEW” will face a big challenge from the new Pearl Jam album, but should debut in the top five on the Billboard 200 when the chart is announced Oct. 23. It is expected that Pearl Jam will dislodge the current No. 1, Miley Cyrus' “Bangerz.”
“After Pearl Jam, the week's next-largest debut will come from Paul McCartney, as his "NEW" album might move around 70,000,” Billboard said. “Depending on how the rest of the week shakes out, the set could launch at No. 2 on the tally, which would mark his highest-charting studio album since 1997's 'Flaming Pie' also debuted (and peaked) at No. 2.”
“NEW” was released Monday in the UK and Tuesday in the U.S. The reaction of music critics around the world has been generally positive. The UK Telegraph was one of the biggest fans of the album, saying the album “proves his talent is timeless.”
GET IN LINE: Richard Porter of Beatles in London.com who leads Beatles walking tours in the city reported Thursday on Facebook that fans are already lining up for Friday's HMV autograph session in London.
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