As previously reported, folk/rock duo the Civil Wars seem to be set for their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart week with their new self-titled release. Industry sources suggest the album might bow with 105,000 copies sold, through the week ending Sunday, Aug. 11.
Behind the Civil Wars will likely be the new "Now 47" compilation album, which may move around 90,000 for a No. 2 debut.
Meanwhile, rock band Asking Alexandria is aiming for its second top 10 set with "From Death to Destiny." The effort may sell around 30,000. The group's last album, 2011's "Reckless & Relentless," arrived at No. 9 with 31,000 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It has sold 163,000 to date.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 14.
One more debut may start in the top 10, from gospel singer Tye Tribbett. His new "Greater Than" album might sell around 25,000, which could give him his first top 10 set on the Billboard 200. He last charted with 2010's "Fresh," which debuted and peaked at No. 60 of a 7,000 start.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), the Civil Wars is No. 1, while "Now 47" is 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 as reported by six major merchants.
As for the rest of the top 10: Robin Thicke's current Billboard 200 topper, "Blurred Lines," is No. 3, while Jay Z's "Magna Carta… Holy Grail" is No. 4. Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" is No. 5, the "Teen Beach Movie" soundtrack is No. 6 and Asking Alexandria's "From Death to Destiny" is No. 7. Tye Tribbett's "Greater Than" is No. 8, Five Finger Death Punch's "The Wrong Side of Heaven…" is No. 9 and Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||The Civil Wars||"The Civil Wars"|
|2||NEW||Various Artists||"Now 47"|
|3||1||Robin Thicke||"Blurred Lines"|
|4||3||Jay Z||"Magna Carta… Holy Grail"|
|5||11||Imagine Dragons||"Night Visions"|
|6||6||Soundtrack||"Teen Beach Movie"|
|7||NEW||Asking Alexandria||"From Death to Destiny"|
|8||NEW||Tye Tribbett||"Greater Than"|
|9||2||Five Finger Death Punch||"The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1"|
|10||10||Florida Georgia Line||"Here's to the Good Times"|
|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.|