Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10

Lea Michele

Peggy Sirota

"Louder" could debut within the top five with 50,000 to 60,000 in sales

"Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell upwards of 50,000 to 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9.

The Emmy Award-nominated actress has visited the Billboard charts previously as a member of the Fox TV "Glee" ensemble, and as part of the cast of the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening." The "Glee" cast has notched 22 albums on the Billboard 200, with three of them hitting No. 1.

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"Louder" will likely end up somewhere in the top five of the new Billboard 200 chart, the top 10 of which will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 12.

Aiming for No. 1 is Rick Ross' new "Mastermind" album, which might sell between 150,000 to 160,000. It will mark the rapper's fifth No. 1.

The No. 2 slot might be owned by Pharrell Williams' new "G I R L" album, or perhaps the "Frozen" film soundtrack. The former may sell around 90,000 or so, while "Frozen" could shift 95,000 or more.

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On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Ross is No. 1, followed by Williams. 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.

As for the rest of the top 10, the "Frozen" album is No. 3, followed by Michele and new sets from Eli Young Band and American Authors at Nos. 4-6, respectively. Both Eli Young Band and American Authors might finish the week outside of the top 10. They are on track to sell around 25,000 and 20,000, respectively.

ScHoolboy Q's current No. 1 albumon the Billboard 200, "Oxymoron," is No. 7 on the Building chart. David Nail's new "I'm a Fire" is No. 8, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" is No. 9 and Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 NEW Rick Ross "Mastermind"
2 NEW Pharrell Williams "G I R L"
3 2 Soundtrack "Frozen"
4 NEW Lea Michele "Louder"
5 NEW Eli Young Band "10,000 Towns"
6 NEW American Authors "Oh, What A Life"
7 1 ScHoolboy Q "Oxymoron"
8 NEW David Nail "I'm a Fire"
9 11 Lorde "Pure Heroine"
10 7 Eric Church "The Outsiders"
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.

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