The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley.
ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perhaps with around 150,000 copies sold in the week ending March 2, according to industry forecasters. It's the Top Dawg rapper's major label debut, via Interscope Records, and was released on Feb. 25.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on March 5.
The soundtrack to "Frozen" might end up in the No. 2 slot, with around 95,000 sold for the week. A performance of its Academy Award-nominated song "Let It Go" on Sunday's Oscar ceremony could help pump sales for the set. "Frozen" is nominated for two Academy Awards: best original song and best animated feature.
Romeo Santos' "Formula, Vol. 2" is looking to sell more than 90,000 copies, which would secure his best week ever, and the largest sales week for a Latin album since 2006. The last Latin set to have a bigger week was RBD's "Celestial," which sold 117,000 in its first week (ending Nov. 26, 2006). The last male solo artist to sell more than 90,000 was Daddy Yankee, when his "Barrio Fino: En Directo" bowed with 100,000 in the week ending Dec. 18, 2005.
Kid Cudi's "Satellite Flight" might sell 90,000 as well. The set debuted in the iTunes Store on Feb. 25 with little advance warning. It is presently only available through iTunes and only as a full album. He follows in the footsteps of Beyonce, who released her surprise self-titled album in December as an album-only set through iTunes. (After a week, the set's tracks became available for individual purchase.)
Santos and Kid Cudi will likely end up debuting within the top five of the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Both Beck and Dierks Bentley are aiming for top 10 starts as well. Beck's new "Morning Phase" might move around 65,000, while Bentley's "Riser" may sell 60,000. "Morning" will mark Beck's fifth top 10 album, while "Riser" will be Bentley's seventh top 10 effort.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), ScHoolboy Q is No. 1, followed by Kid Cudi. 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.
Santos, Beck and the "Frozen" soundtrack are at Nos. 3-5, respectively, while Bentley sits at No. 6. The Fray's new "Helios" is No. 7, while Eric Church's "The Outsiders" is No. 8. The "Now 49" compilation is No. 9 and Beyonce's self-titled album closes out the top 10 at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Kid Cudi||"Satellite Flight"|
|3||NEW||Romeo Santos||"Formula, Vol. 2"|
|8||2||Eric Church||"The Outsiders"|
|9||4||Various Artists||"Now 49"|
|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.|