Britney and Rihanna’s number one spot on Billboard is in jeopardy after Lady Gaga’s second single, “Judas, hit the world earlier than expected. From Billboard:
Up until this morning, it seemed like Rihanna was on course for her 10th No. 1 with “S&M,” powered by strong sales and airplay of the track’s “Rih-mix” featuring Britney Spears. Industry prognosticators are forecasting the song may sell nearly 300,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 17, up from the 141,000 the track scanned in its last pre-remix week.
Billboard projects that “Judas” would have to sell north of 350,000 — close to 400,000 — with less than two and-a-half days of sales in the week, in order to possibly debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Also playing a role in its initial Hot 100 ranking will be the radio audience impressions “Judas” will garner through the end of the airplay tracking period which runs through Tuesday (April 19). A fast first week start at radio, similar to “Born This Way” (78.6 million), would certainly help Gaga’s No. 1 cause.
Others say because Judas leaked a week before its release, that it won’t touch S&M’s top position. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see!