'Guardians' Soundtrack Targets 2nd Week at No. 1

After jumping to No. 1 on the most recent Billboard 200 chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack seems set for a second week at the top, according to forecasts from industry sources. The album topped the list reflecting the sales week ending Aug. 10, selling 109,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

That said, it's too early to tell how many copies the album might sell in the week ending Aug. 17. What we do know is that Guardians of the Galaxy should sell more than any of the new albums heading for top 10 debuts.

The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The biggest of the new arrivals on next week's chart looks to be either Troye Sivan's TRXYE EP, due for an unconventional release Friday, Aug. 15, or the Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt (released on Aug. 12) 

Both could sell in the 30,000 to 35,000 range, with Sivan eyeing a possible larger figure. His EP will be released on a Friday, instead of the usual Tuesday, in order to give the title a global release date. (Friday is the day when new albums are released in Australia, where Sivan is based.)

Working against Sivan's debut is how the EP will only have three full days of sales powering its chart debut. (SoundScan's tracking week runs Monday through Sunday.) Most new albums (released on Tuesday) get six days of sales in their first week.

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