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'Frozen' vs. 5 Seconds of Summer for No. 1 on Billboard 200
Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is eyeing the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as its new EP is on course for a handsome debut.
The four-song set, "She Looks So Perfect," was released on April 1 and may sell upwards of 140,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 6 (according to industry forecasters).
That could be enough for the Capitol Records set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart -- the top 10 of which will be revealed on Wednesday, April 9.
Standing in 5 Seconds of Summer's way could be the soundtrack to "Frozen." The Walt Disney Records album is in the running for a ninth week at No. 1.
In the week ending March 30, "Frozen" sold 161,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, securing an eighth week atop the Billboard 200 chart. In the week previous, it sold 202,000 -- its best week ever.
5 Seconds of Summer gained notoriety last year after opening for One Direction on the bulk of its arena tour. They'll join the group again this year, as their opening act for the Europe, U.S. and Canada legs of their stadium tour, starting May 23. (Both acts are managed by Modest! Management.)
Other albums heading for sizable debuts next week include Christina Perri's "Head or Heart" (40,000 to 45,000) and Chevelle's "La Gargola" (40,000 or so).