Dave Matthews Band will likely bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," which industry prognosticators are suggesting could sell as much as 390,000 in its first week. If it debuts at No. 1, the RCA set will be the band's fifth straight studio album to do so.
(The band celebrated the album's release with a concert at the relatively intimate Beacon Theater in New York. Be sure to check out Billboard's extensive interview with Dave Matthews.)
The act's last studio release, 2005's "Stand Up," entered with 465,000. Its three earlier offerings -- 2002's "Busted Stuff," 2001's "Everyday" and 1998's "Before These Crowded Streets" -- all also started with more than 400,000 in their debut weeks.
"GrooGrux" also leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart that was released on June 3, which reflected unweighted sales through the close of business on Tuesday, June 2. Billboard estimates the seven merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target and Anderson Merchandisers -- comprise about 60% of all U.S. album sales.
Other albums in the hunt for high debuts next week include 311's "Uplifter" (Volcano) and Taking Back Sunday's "New Again" (Warner Bros.), which both look good for bows within the top 10. Rancid's "Let The Dominoes Fall" (Hellcat/Epitaph) and Elvis Costello's "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" (Hear/CMG) also seem headed for top 20 entries.
Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week, as reflected in the official Billboard 200 chart, runs from Monday through Sunday of each week. The newest Billboard 200 chart, released today (June 3) - where Eminem's "Relapse" held at No. 1 for a second week with 211,000 - reflected the week that ended on Sunday, May 31.