As forecast last week, Daft Punk is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its new "Random Access Memories."
The set, released yesterday (May 21), could sell upwards of 300,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, May 26 -- so say industry prognosticators. That could earn the second-largest debut week this year according to Nielsen SoundScan, following Justin Timberlake's monster start of 968,000 for his "The 20/20 Experience."
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 29.
In one week, "Random Access Memories" will have sold more than Daft Punk's last studio release, "Human After All," has sold to date. The latter, released in 2005, has shifted just 125,000 in the U.S.
The new album is led by the single "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams, which climbs 15-10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. It's the first top 10 for Daft Punk, and only their third single to even chart.
Other albums that are bound for top 10 debuts next week include the National's "Trouble Will Find Me," 30 Seconds to Mars' "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" and Darius Rucker's "True Believers." The National may sell around 70,000, while 30 Seconds to Mars and Rucker could both move 60,000.