Motley Crue Tribute Set for Rocking Debut on Billboard 200
The country-meets-rock tribute album to Motley Crue is heading for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Industry forecasters suggest Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue -- which features the likes of Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore and Darius Rucker covering the rock band's catalog -- could sell 30,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 24. Released on Big Machine Records, the set also includes reworkings by acts like Rascal Flatts ("Kickstart My Heart"), Brantley Gilbert ("Girls, Girls, Girls") and LeAnn Rimes ("Smokin' In the Boys Room").
The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
As for the No. 1 album next week, look for Wiz Khalifa's new Blacc Hollywood to enter atop the list. It will give the hip-hop star his first leader, after two previous No. 2-peaking albums. The chart's current No. 1, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, may slip to No. 2 with 65,000 or so.
Also on tap for high new entries are country singer Chase Rice's new Ignite the Night and former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley with Space Invader. The former might sell around 40,000, while Frehley might move 18,000.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Khalifa and Rice 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.
As for the rest of the Building chart's top 10, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is No. 3, followed by the Crue tribute at No. 4 and the Now 51 compilation at No. 5.
5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled album is No. 6, while the Frozen soundtrack is No. 7 and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour is No. 8. Frehley is No. 9, and Ed Sheeran's x rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.