As previously reported, Evanescence could be cruising to its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the band's self-titled third release may sell more than 110,000 by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Also in the debut mix for next week's chart is rock act Five Finger Death Punch, on track to notch its biggest week ever, with its third set, "American Capitalist." The album could sell around 75,000 and open in the top three -- instantly marking the band's best sales frame and highest charting album. Its last release, 2009's "War Is the Answer," jumped in at No. 7 with a 44,000 launch according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's sales-to-date stand at 569,000.
On SoundScan's Building chart below -- a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants, Evanescence is in top slot, while Five Finger Death Punch is in the runner-up slot. Adele's "21" is unsurprisingly in the No. 3 position. (The album has yet to leave the top four rungs on the Billboard 200 in its entire chart history.)
"American Idol" winner Scott McCreery, who bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this past week, is at No. 4 on the Building chart, while the woman he beat, runner-up Lauren Alaina, is at No. 5 with her "Wildflower" debut.
Ryan Adams' new "Ashes & Fire," along with Martina McBride's "Eleven" are among next week's possible top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 -- as they appear at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively, on the Building chart.
Former No. 1s Tony Bennett's "Duets II," Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" (Nos. 7, 8 and 10, on the Building chart) look as if they'll hang out in the top 10 for another week on the Billboard 200 as well.
Elsewhere on next week's Billboard 200 album chart, look for new arrivals from Joe Jonas' solo debut, "Fastlife," Hunter Hayes' self-titled major label debut and Johnny Gill's "Still Winning." All three could arrive in the top 20.
And finally, Britney Spears fans, get ready -- the diva's second remix album, "B in the Mix: the Remixes Vol. 2," could bow in the top 50. That's a loftier rank than the debut and peak of her first "B in the Mix" album -- No. 134. The 2005 set spent just two weeks on the list and has sold 123,000 copies in the U.S.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Five Finger Death Punch||"American Capitalist"|
|4||1||Scott McCreery||"Clear As Day"|
|6||NEW||Ryan Adams||"Ashes & Fire"|
|7||3||Tony Bennett||"Duets II"|
|9||4||Lady Antebellum||"Own the Night"|
|10||5||Lil Wayne||"Tha Carter IV"|
|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.|