In a quiet week for new album releases, two are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and Christian artist TobyMac could each claim the No. 1 slot with their respective new albums, so say industry sources.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Both Slaughterhouse's "Welcome to Our House" and TobyMac's "Eye On It" could sell around 50,000 to 60,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 2.
The former's self-titled debut studio album, released in 2009, bowed and peaked at No. 25 off an 18,000 start (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Since then, the act (comprising Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz) moved from eOne Records over to Shady/Interscope, through which the new set has been released.
As for TobyMac, his album could mark both his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the first since 1997 to hit No. 1 on both the big chart and the Christian Albums chart. LeAnn Rimes' "You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs" was the last to crown both lists, in September of that year.
Other sets looking for a top 10 start next week include Alanis Morissette's "Havoc and Bright Lights" and perhaps Circa Survive's "Violent Waves."
The sales at the top of the Billboard 200 won't start to brighten until mid-September. On Sept. 11, we'll see the bows of Bob Dylan's "Tempest" and Little Big Town's "Tornado." Then on Sept. 18, an avalanche of A-list albums arrive: including the G.O.O.D. Music "Cruel Summer" compilation, P!nk's "The Truth About Love," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Kiss" and the Killers' "Battle Born."