As earlier reported, R&B singer Trey Songz is coasting to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his "Chapter V" should easily top the tally next week. Industry sources are projecting that the set could sell between 120,000 and 130,000 by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 26.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Also on tap for a high entry is DJ Khaled's latest, "Kiss the Ring," which may move around 40,000. His last release, "We the Best Forever," debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 with 53,000 sold in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan).
Owl City's new "The Midsummer Station" should also jump into the top 10, as it's on course for a start in the range of 25,000 to 30,000. Owl City is currently enjoying a top 20 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Good Time," a duet with Carly Rae Jepsen.
Christian band Tenth Avenue North is in the hunt for its first top 10 album as "The Struggle" is heading for the region with perhaps 25,000 or so. The group has gone has high as No. 15 with 2010's "The Light Meets the Dark."
On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), Songz is No. 1 while DJ Khaled, Owl City and Tenth Avenue North are Nos. 2, 5 and 9, 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: 2 Chainz's "Based On a T.R.U. Story" is No. 3 while the "Now 43" compilation sits at No. 4. Justin Bieber's "Believe" is No. 6, Maroon 5's "Overexposed" is No. 7 and Dustin Lynch's new self-titled set is No. 8. Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't," rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||Trey Songz||"Chapter V"|
|2||NEW||DJ Khaled||"Kiss the Ring"|
|3||1||2 Chainz||"Based On a T.R.U. Story"|
|4||2||Various Artists||"Now 43"|
|5||NEW||Owl City||"The Midsummer Station"|
|8||NEW||Dustin Lynch||"Dustin Lynch"|
|9||NEW||Tenth Avenue North||"The Struggle"|
|10||3||Rick Ross||"God Forgives, I Don't"|
|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.|