Pink & 'Cruel Summer' Album Heading for Top of Billboard 200
Believe it or not, pop superstar P!nk has yet to earn a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. But, that may change next week, as industry sources suggest the diva's latest, "The Truth About Love," may bow atop the list with 210,000 to 220,000 sold.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 26.
P!nk has notched six entries on the Billboard 200, with five of them hitting the top 10. Starting with 2002's "M!ssundaztood" (No. 6), every one of her albums have reached the region. "Try This" (No. 9) followed in 2003, while "I'm Not Dead" (No. 6, 2006), "Funhouse" (No. 2, 2008) and "Greatest Hits. . . So Far!!!" (No. 5, 2011) all followed.
P!nk's "The Truth About Love" may fend off the advances of the Kanye West-presented "Cruel Summer" compilation. Label prognosticators are suggesting that the G.O.O.D. Music set may sell upwards of 170,000 to 190,000 (and possibly even a bit more).
The hip-hop effort got off to a wobbly start yesterday -- its release day (Sept. 18) -- after it didn't appear in the iTunes Store until late in the afternoon. An official reason wasn't given for the delay by West or his label (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam). However, multiple sources have suggested there was an issue with the mastering of the set, causing a last-minute delay of its iTunes release.
Late yesterday, Def Jam's official Twitter accounted tweeted, "Thank you for your patience! Get 'Cruel Summer' on iTunes Now!" along with missives directing fans to iTunes with a link to purchase the "NEW mastered version" of the album.
With P!nk and the "Cruel Summer" compilation heading for Nos. 1 and 2, that leaves the Killers' new "Battle Born" aiming for No. 3. The rock band's fourth studio effort is on track to sell 120,000 or so.
Also on course for a top 10 debut: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Kiss," Band of Horses' "Mirage Rock," Grizzly Bear's "Shields" and Easton Corbin's "All Over the Road." Jepsen and Band of Horses' albums may shift around 35,000, while Grizzly Bear and Corbin's sets might sell 30,000 and 28,000, respectively.