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It's a quiet week in terms of huge new album releases, so a couple acts are aiming to make surprising top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Passion Pit and the Gaslight Anthem are both in the hunt for their first top 10 sets, as "Gossamer" and "Handwritten," respectively, are heading for solid debuts. Industry sources suggest that "Gossamer" could sell around 25,000 to 30,000 copies by week's end on July 29. "Handwritten," on the other hand, will shift perhaps 35,000.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 1.
"Gossamer" is Passion Pit's second full-length studio album, and it follows 2009's "Manners." The previous set debuted and peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard with 10,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has so far moved 295,000. As for Gaslight Anthem, the band's last studio set, 2010's "American Slang," topped out at No. 16 (where it bowed) off a 27,000 debut. (It has shifted 100,000 total.)
Neither Passion Pit or Gaslight Anthem will end up No. 1 next week, though. The top slot will either go to Nas' current leader, "Life Is Good," or Zac Brown Band's previous No. 1, "Uncaged." It's too early to tell what either will sell, but neither seem likely to sell less than Passion Pit or Gaslight Anthem.