The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series should earn its 12th top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week. The star-studded "2013 Grammy Nominees" set could bow in the top five with around 35,000 copies sold, according to industry sources.
The effort is the 19th edition in the series and features 22 songs culled from the 2012 Grammy Awards nominations. It includes the five songs nominated for song of the year and representative tracks of the five best new artist nominees.
Last year's "2012 Grammy Nominees" album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It went on to log an even higher sales week when it moved 84,000 the week after the Grammy Awards broadcast on Feb. 12. It's expected that the new "2013 Grammy Nominees" album will also see higher sales in the week after this year's show, set for Feb. 10.
As previously reported, country singer Gary Allan should nab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with "Set You Free." The MCA Nashville album might sell around 95,000 or so.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Jan. 30.
Another country act looking for a handsome bow is Randy Houser, whose "How Country Feels" has a shot at a top 10 debut. His Stoney Creek Records album might sell around 20,000 by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 27. That will easily mark a record-high sales week for the artist, who has never sold more than 9,000 copies of a single album in a week.
"How Country Feels" follows two albums Houser released on Show Dog-Universal in 2008 and 2010. The album's title track hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart this week -- the first time Houser has led the tally after six earlier entries.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Allan is No. 1 while the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack is No. 2. 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 Building chart's top 10: A$AP Rocky's current Billboard 200 chart-topper, "Long.Live.A$AP," is No. 3 while the Lumineers' self-titled album is No. 4. The "Grammy" album is No. 5, "Kidz Bop 23" is No. 6 and Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 7. Taylor Swift's "Red" is in the eighth position, Houser is No. 9 and the "Les Miserables" soundtrack is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||Gary Allan||"Set You Free"|
|4||7||The Lumineers||"The Lumineers"|
|5||NEW||Various Artists||"2013 Grammy Nominees"|
|6||2||Kidz Bop Kids||"Kidz Bop 23"|
|7||5||Bruno Mars||"Unorthodox Jukebox"|
|9||NEW||Randy Houser||"How Country Feels"|
|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.|