Five Finger Death Punch Heading for Top Debut on Billboard 200
Rock band Five Finger Death Punch is on course for its second top five album this year. The group's new release, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2" may sell around 80,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 24.
That should enable the set to score the highest new entry on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The top 10 of the chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The new Five Finger Death Punch album follows the group's "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1," which debuted and peaked at career-high No. 2 on the Aug. 17-dated chart. The set opened with 112,000 -- the act's best sales week yet.
Next week's No. 1 slot could see a return visit from Eminem, as his "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" might skip back to the top of the list. It would mark the second chart-topping week for the album, which debuted at No. 1 a week ago, selling 792,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Gaga's current No. 1, "ARTPOP," could also hold atop the list. It bowed in the penthouse this week with 258,000 sold.
Aside from Five Finger Death Punch's new album, the Billboard 200 should also see high bows from Daughtry's "Baptized," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack and Yo Gotti's "I Am." Of those, the biggest of the bunch will probably be the "Hunger Games" set, with around 60,000 to 65,000