Kelly Clarkson Looks Solid For 2nd Week At No. 1
Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should find Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted" (19/RCA) holding for a second week at No. 1, but with likely less than 100,000 units. The album debuted atop the tally this week with 255,000.
Clarkson leads the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart that was released on March 18, which reflected unweighted sales through the close of business on Tuesday, March 11. 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.
Gorilla Zoe's new album "Don't Feed Da Animals" (Block/Bad Boy South/Atlantic) looks like it'll be the chart's highest debut, likely arriving in the top 10. Next in line should be Static-X's "Cult of Static" (Reprise/Warner Bros.), which is aiming for a top 20 debut.
The Decemberists' "The Hazards of Love" (Capitol) could start in the top 30 of the tally next week, following its early exclusive release through iTunes and on 180 gram vinyl in select indie stores. On March 24, the set becomes available in all standard physical and digital formats.
A reissue of the "Twilight" soundtrack (Summit/Chop Shop/Atlantic) -- timed to coincide with the DVD bow of the hit film on Saturday, March 21 -- could return the album to the top 10. The relaunched album includes five bonus tracks and a DVD with interviews and music videos.
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 (March 18) -- where Clarkson's "Wanted" debuted at No. 1 with 255,000 -- reflected the week that ended on Sunday, March 15.