Neil Diamond Aiming for 18th Top 10 Album

Pop great Neil Diamond is on course for his 18th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Billboard Icon Award winning-artist's new release, Melody Road, could sell around 75,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26. The set was released Oct. 21 on Capitol Records, and is his first studio effort for the label after decades with Columbia Records.

The Grammy Award-winner last visited the top 10 with his final Columbia studio release, 2010's Dreams (which debuted and peaked at No. 8).

The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Oct. 29.

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Diamond will likely be blocked from the No. 1 slot by a slightly harder-edged act: Slipknot. The rock band's new studio set, .5: The Gray Chapter, should sell over 100,000 copies and take the pole position (giving them a second No. 1). It's the group's first studio set since 2008's chart-topping All Hope Is Lost.

After Slipknot and Diamond, look for rappers Logic and T.I. to shift over 65,000 each of their respective new albums. Logic's Under Pressure is his first studio release after a series of mixtapes, while T.I.'s new Paperwork is his ninth studio set.

Other albums possibly heading for the top 10 including Little Big Town's Pain Killer (perhaps 30,000 sold in its first week) and Pentatonix's That's Christmas To Me (30,000).

Slipknot Heading for Second No. 1 Album

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Slipknot is No. 1, followed by Logic and T.I. 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, Florida Georgia Line's current Billboard 200 No. 1, Anything Goes, rests at No. 4, followed by Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt at No. 5. Diamond is No. 6, with Little Big Town at No. 7. Barbra Streisand's sturdy-selling Partners album is No. 8, Pentatonix is No. 9 and Annie Lennox's new jazzy standards album Nostalgia is No. 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
1NEWSlipknot.5: The Gray Chapter
2NEWLogicUnder Pressure
41Florida Georgia LineAnything Goes
52Jason AldeanOld Boots, New Dirt
6NEWNeil DiamondMelody Road
7NEWLittle Big TownPain Killer
85Barbra StreisandPartners
9NEWPentatonixThat's Christmas To Me
10NEWAnnie LennoxNostalgia
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.