GUNS N' ROSES' new album, "Chinese Democracy", looks set to drop out of the UK Top 5 this Sunday (December 6) based on the midweek figures released by Music Week. The CD debuted at No. 2 in the UK after failing to outsell "Day & Age", the latest album from Las Vegas rock group THE KILLERS.
"Chinese Democracy" could end up selling less than 300,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week on shelves. According to Billboard.com, the long-delayed CD will finish with a total of somewhere between 250,000 and 260,000 copies since going on sale exclusively through Best Buy on Sunday, November 23. That is a far cry from initial predictions of anywhere from 300,000 to 784,000 copies and won't be enough to beat rapper KANYE WEST, whose new "808s and Heartbreak" is likely to finish the same period north of 400,000 copies.
Final sales figures will be released on Wednesday (December 3).
According to some reports, Best Buy's promotion of the CD was lacking. Many stores did not feature any special floor displays or banners for the record, and it was not highlighted in advertising circulars.
If Billboard's predictions for "Chinese Democracy" hold true, the album will sell around the same in its first week as "Contraband", the 2004 debut disc from VELVET REVOLVER that features members of the original GUNS lineup.
Only singer Axl Rose remains in the current GUNS roster, having taken some 15 years to complete "Chinese Democracy" with a revolving cast of musicians.
"Chinese Democracy" did debut at No. 1 in Finland and Brazil, while reaching No. 2 in the U.K. and New Zealand and finishing in third place or lower in Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain and other countries.