Keith Urban's "Fuse" looks to top the chart, with the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" close behind.
On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart: Janelle Monae is set for her first top 10, Arctic Monkeys are making a strong return, and Sheryl Crow's aiming for her ninth top 10 set.
Monae's "The Electric Lady" should give the singer her biggest sales week ever as well. Industry sources suggest it may sell around 45,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The album, which is her second full-length effort, could launch within the top five of the tally next week. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Monae's previous high week was logged when her debut album, "The Archandroid: Suites II and III," debuted and peaked at No. 17 with 21,000 in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Monae's new album features guest turns from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Solange.
The No. 1 position next week will likely belong to country star Keith Urban, as his "Fuse" set is aiming for a debut in the top slot. It may sell around 100,000. The runner-up position will be filled by the Weeknd's new album "Kiss Land," which could debut with 95,000 sold. 2 Chainz's "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" will likely debut at No. 3 with around 55,000.
Meanwhile, British band Arctic Monkeys is looking to collect its best sales week since 2007, as its new "AM" is selling well. It could bow with 35,000, giving the act its first top 10 effort since 2007's "Favourite Worst Nightmare" debuted and peaked at No. 7 from a start of 44,000. Following that, they charted with 2009's "Humbug" (No. 15 debut with 28,000) and 2011's "Suck It and See" (No. 14; 21,000 debut).
This past week, the band scored its first hit single on the Alternative songs chart since 2006, as "Do I Wanna Know?" bowed at No. 40. It's the group's first hit (and only second ever) after "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor" reached No. 7 in 2006.
One more new album seems destined for a top 10 debut: Sheryl Crow's debut country set, "Feels Like Home." The album, which is her first for Warner Bros. Records after a career on A&M/Interscope Records, may sell around 35,000. "Feels Like Home" is her eighth studio recording, and will mark Crow's ninth top 10 set. It should continue her streak of seeing every one of her studio efforts reach the top 10, dating back to her debut album, 1994's "Tuesday Night Music Club." (A No. 1 album still eludes Crow, though she has racked up four No. 2 efforts.)
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), the Weeknd and Urban are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants. Though the Weeknd leads on the Building chart, it is expected Urban will finish ahead on the final Billboard 200 chart.
As for the rest of the top 10: 2 Chainz is No. 4, followed by Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" at No. 4. Arctic Monkeys are found at No. 5, with Monae and Ariana Grande's "Yours Truly" next at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Tamar Braxton's "Love and War" is No. 8, followed by John Legend's "Love In the Future" at No. 9 and Kaskade's "Atmosphere" at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||The Weeknd||"Kiss Land"|
|3||NEW||2 Chainz||"B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time"|
|4||5||Luke Bryan||"Crash My Party"|
|6||NEW||Janelle Monae||"The Electric Lady"|
|7||1||Ariana Grande||"Yours Truly"|
|8||2||Tamar Braxton||"Love and War"|
|9||4||John Legend||"Love In the Future"|
|The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.|