The cold front that's sitting atop the Billboard 200 -- also known as the "Frozen" soundtrack -- seems set for a seventh week at No. 1. Industry forecasters suggest the album could sell over 200,000 copies in the week ending March 23.
If the "Frozen" album sells anything more than 166,000 this week, it will instantly log its best week ever. The sudden rush in sales is owed to the movie's bow on home video this week, as it arrived on store shelves on March 18.
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The soundtrack's previous best frame came in the week ending Jan. 5, when it moved 165,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the most recent tracking week (ending March 16), it shifted 99,000 at No. 1.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on March 26.
Rapper YG should see his debut studio album, "My Krazy Life," bow in the runner-up slot on next week's chart. It might sell around 55,000 to 60,000 copies.
Rock band Foster the People is on track to debut in the top five with its second album, "Supermodel," with perhaps 55,000. It follows the trio's first album "Torches," which debuted and peaked at No. 8 in 2011. It has gone on to sell a million copies.
EDM superstar Skrillex should see his first full-length album, "Recess," bow in the top five with around 45,000. It will mark his first top 10 set and highest-charting album (not to mention his best sales week ever). He has visited the chart three times previously -- all with EPs. Of those, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (peak at No. 49) and "Bangarang" (No. 14) lingered on the chart for 96 and 70 weeks, respectively.
Rock band the Pretty Reckless, fronted by actress/singer Taylor Momsen, could sell around 27,000 to 32,000 of its album "Going to Hell." That should place the act in the top 10 for the first time -- the group has never gone higher than No. 65 with "Light Me Up."
The Pretty Reckless is currently riding high on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with "Heaven Knows." It's in its second week at No. 1.
Enrique Iglesias is also set for another top 10 album, as his "Sex and Love" may sell 20,000. The part English/part Spanish set could give Iglesias his third top 10 album, following 2010's "Euphoria" (No. 10 peak) and 2001's "Escape" (No. 2).
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), "Frozen" is No. 1, followed by YG, Foster the People, Skrillex and the Pretty Reckless at Nos. 2-5, respectively. 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, Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" is No. 6, Iglesias is No. 7 and Rick Ross' "Mastermind" is No. 8. Christian act Rend Collective is No. 9 with its "Art of Celebration," while Kevin Gates' new "By Any Means" is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||YG||"My Krazy Life"|
|3||NEW||Foster the People||"Supermodel"|
|5||NEW||The Pretty Reckless||"Going to Hell"|
|6||5||Pharrell Williams||"G I R L"|
|7||NEW||Enrique Iglesias||"Sex and Love"|
|9||NEW||Rend Collective||"Art of Celebration"|
|10||NEW||Kevin Gates||"By Any Means"|
|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.|