Hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse is due to collect its third top 10 album next week, as "Mighty Death Pop" should bow with 30,000 to 35,000 sold -- so say industry sources. Also looking for a high debut, as previously reported, is rapper 2 Chainz with his "Based on a T.R.U. Story." The set will likely grab the No. 1 slot with as many as 130,000 through the week ending Aug. 19.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Insane Clown Posse has visited the top 10 twice previously, with 1999's "The Amazing Jeckel Brothers" and its last studio set, 2009's "Bang! Pow! Boom!" Both titles debuted and peaked at No. 4. The act's cumulative album sales in the U.S. stand at 7.8 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Aside from Insane Clown Posse and 2 Chainz, look for rock bands In This Moment, Yellowcard and Slightly Stoopid to debut next week within the top 20. In This Moment's "Blood" could launch with a career-high 20,000, while Yellowcard's latest, "Southern Air," may shift 20,000 as well. In This Moment hasn't been any higher than No. 40 on the Billboard 200 (with 2010's "A Star-Crossed Wasteland") while Yellowcard's last set reached No. 19 (2011's "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes").
Slightly Stoopid could also notch its own best-ever week, as "Top of the World" may also arrive in the top 20. Prognosticators suggest it might sell around 18,000 or so, aided by the set's hit single (its title track). On the Alternative Songs airplay chart, "Top of the World" jumped 35-28 this week.
On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), 2 Chainz is No. 1 while Yellowcard and Slightly Stoopid are Nos. 7 and 8, 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: the "Now 43" compilation is No. 2, followed by Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" at No. 3. Justin Bieber's "Believe" is in the fourth slot, Maroon 5's "Overexposed" is No. 5 and One Direction's "Up All Night" slides into sixth place. Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is No. 9 and Adele's "21" brings up the rear at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||2 Chainz||"Based On a T.R.U. Story"|
|2||1||Various Artists||"Now 43"|
|3||2||Rick Ross||"God Forgives, I Don't"|
|6||8||One Direction||"Up All Night"|
|8||NEW||Slightly Stoopid||"Top of the World"|
|9||6||Zac Brown Band||"Uncaged"|
|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.|