Little Big Town & Avett Brothers Albums Aiming High on Billboard 200 Chart
Little Big Town & Avett Brothers Albums Aiming High on Billboard 200 Chart

Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart is going to be a busy one, thanks to a bunch of hot new releases that dropped this past Tuesday (Sept. 11). The likely leader on the chart will be Dave Matthews Band's "Away From the World" with over 250,000 copies sold (so say industry sources).

It could be the band's sixth straight No. 1-debuting studio album and follows 2009's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King."

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Country quartet Little Big Town is on the way to its best sales week yet, as its new "Tornado" should blow in with perhaps 110,000. The act could start in the No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200 -- and also at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart. Presently, LBT's best sales week came with 2010's "The Reason Why" bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 42,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Avett Brothers are also off to its best start ever. The group's "The Carpenter" might sell around 100,000 -- by far its largest sales week. The act has never visited the top 10 with five previous entries on the chart. They've gone as high as No. 16 with "I and Love and You," which also lodged its biggest sales frame: 40,000.

Dave Matthews Band Heading For Record Sixth No. 1

Legendary Bob Dylan is back with his latest, "The Tempest," and it also is eyeing the 100,000 mark. The album will continue is streak of top 10 studio albums, which started with 1997's Grammy winner for album of the year, "Time Out of Mind." That set debuted and peaked at No. 10, and was followed by 2001's "Love and Theft" (No. 5), 2006's "Modern Times" (No. 1) and 2009's "Together Through Life" (No. 1).

Alternative rock act the xx may also start in the top five with its latest, "Coexist," with around 60,000. The band's self-titled debut reached No. 92 in 2010 and spent 41 weeks on the tally.

On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), Dave Matthews Band is No. 1, while Little Big Town, the Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan and the xx are Nos. 2-5, respectively. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants.

As for the rest of the Building chart's top 10: Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" is No. 6, ZZ Top's new "La Futura" is No. 7, Matchbox Twenty's "North" is No. 8 and "Now 43" is No. 9. Rounding out the top 10 is Maroon 5's "Overexposed."

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 NEW Dave Matthews Band "Away From the World"
2 NEW Little Big Town "Tornado"
3 NEW The Avett Brothers "The Carpenter"
4 NEW Bob Dylan "The Tempest"
5 NEW The xx "Coexist"
6 2 Imagine Dragons "Night Visions"
7 NEW ZZ Top "La Futura"
8 1 Matchbox Twenty "North"
9 4 Various Artists "Now 43"
10 6 Maroon 5 "Overexposed"
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.