Springsteen's new album "High Hopes" may sell somewhere between 90,000 and 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 19, according to industry prognosticators. The set was released on Jan. 14 through Columbia Records.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Jan. 22.
Meanwhile, the Billboard 200's current No. 1, "Frozen," might sell more than 90,000 as well. "Frozen's" forecasted figure is more prone to fluctuate, as it is generally harder to predict sales of non-new releases. And as noted this past week, "Frozen" performed stronger than expected in the week ending Jan. 12, selling 86,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (about 5,000 to 10,000 more than forecast a week ago).
If "High Hopes" hits No. 1, Springsteen will break out of a tie for the third-most No. 1s in the chart's history. He's presently tied for third with Elvis Presley. Ahead of them is Jay Z with 13, and the Beatles with 19.
Springsteen's last album, "Wrecking Ball" in 2012, debuted at No. 1 with 196,000 sold in its first week. Before that, his last studio set, "Working On a Dream," in 2009, opened at No. 1 with 224,000.
Other albums aiming for high debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week include the "Kidz Bop 25" album (maybe 60,000) and Jennifer Nettles' solo debut "That Girl" (50,000-ish).