The pop duo could sell 45,000-50,000 copies in its first week
Pop duo A Great Big World -- powered by its smash ballad "Say Something" -- is on track to score the highest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
The act's "Is There Anybody Out There?" may sell around 45,000 to 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 26. The album's single, "Say Something," with Christina Aguilera, is currently bulleted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- its peak position.
As for next week's No. 1 album, it's likely that the "Frozen" soundtrack will stage a return to the top. However, it's too early to forecast how much the Disney album will sell this week. In the week ending Jan. 19, it sold 87,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, while in the week previous, it moved 86,000.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
If "Frozen" returns to No. 1, it will mark the third non-consecutive week atop the list for the album. The last soundtrack to spend more than two weeks at No. 1 was "High School Musical 2," which ruled for four weeks in 2007.
A wild card in the mix this week is the GRAMMYs, which air on Sunday night, the final day of the tracking week -- though most of the large gains won't be seen until after a full week of impact has been felt from the show. (Still, don't rule out a Sunday night surge for any number of albums from the performers and winners on the show -- say, for example, nominee and performer Beyonce's self-titled album.)
The awards should benefit the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation, which arrived to market on Jan. 21. The 18-song album features such GRAMMY nominees as Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Daft Punk. At the present, the album may sell around 45,000 copies.