Bob Dylan is headed for his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his "Together Through Life" looks like a shoo-in for a debut atop the list. Industry prognosticators suggest the Columbia set will sell over 100,000 copies in its first week of release.
Dylan's last studio effort, 2006's "Modern Times," also bowed at No. 1, shifting 192,000 in its premiere week. His first No. 1 came in 1974 with "Planet Waves," which he followed swiftly with two more chart-toppers -- 1975's "Blood on the Tracks" and 1976's "Desire."
"Together Through Life" also leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart that was released on April 29, which reflected unweighted sales through the close of business on Tuesday, April 28.
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.
The second-highest debut on next week's Billboard 200 looks like it will come in the form of the rock super group Heaven & Hell with "The Devil You Know." The Rhino effort, which boasts four current and former members of Black Sabbath, may debut in the top 15. Same goes for indie rapper Tech N9ne, who is looking to start in the top 15 or top 20 with his "Tech N9ne
Collabos" set on Strange Records.
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 (April 29) -- where Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" bowed at No. 1 with 158,000 -- reflected the week that ended on Sunday, April 26.