The late Whitney Houston could have four albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week, so say industry prognosticators.
Sources suggest that Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" could end up at No. 2 for a third straight week, while joined in the top 10 by the Houston-led "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, "Whitney Houston" and "I Look To You."
"Greatest Hits" may sell around 100,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 4, while "The Bodyguard" will perhaps move around 40,000 to 50,000. "Whitney Houston" and "I Look To You" are eyeing sales around 20,000 to 30,000.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, March 7.
Adele's "21" is seemingly a lock for a 23rd week at No. 1, as the singer's second album is on course to sell another 200,000 to 220,000. Her first release, "19," may also be in the top 10, with around 30,000 to 40,000.
Just call it the Billboard 200 Top 10: Presented by Adele and Whitney Houston.
As for the rest of the top 10, the collaboration album from Kid Cudi and producer Dot da Genius, "WZRD," may debut at No. 3 with around 60,000 to 70,000. Holdovers in the region may include Tyga's "Careless World" (35,000 to 45,000 in its second week), the "Now 41" compilation and Drake's "Take Care."
On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), Adele is No. 1 while the "WZRD" set is at No. 2. 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 (ending Sunday, March 4) as reported by six major merchants.
Houston's four albums, along with Adele's "19," are all missing from the Building Chart, as it does not include catalog (older) albums. However, all will be present on the Billboard 200 next week.
A curious title is found at No. 9 on the Building Chart -- it's a bundle of three previously-released albums from Houston. Titled "Triple Feature," the set combines 1990's "I'm Your Baby Tonight," 1998's "My Love Is Your Love" and 2002's "Just Whitney." The bundle was released in 2010 and never sold more than a couple hundred copies in any given week until two weeks ago. In the week ending Feb. 19 is moved a little over 1,000 copies, while this past week, it shifted 7,000. That was enough to enable its debut at No. 73 on the Billboard 200.
It likely won't "feature" in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week, but seems destined for a top 20 placing.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|4||5||Various Artists||"Now 41"|
|6||NEW||Robert Glasper||"Black Radio"|
|8||14||Rihanna||"Talk That Talk"|
|9||73||Whitney Houston||"Triple Feature: I'm Your Baby Tonight / My Love Is Your Love / Just Whitney"|
|10||21||Luke Bryan||"Tailgates & Tanlines"|
|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.|