"Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 9.
The Emmy Award-nominated actress has visited the Billboard charts previously as a member of the Fox TV "Glee" ensemble, and as part of the cast of the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening." The "Glee" cast has notched 22 albums on the Billboard 200, with three of them hitting No. 1.
"Louder" will likely end up somewhere in the top five of the new Billboard 200 chart, the top 10 of which will be unveiled on March 12.
Aiming for No. 1 is Rick Ross' new "Mastermind" album, which might sell between 150,000 and 160,000. It will mark the rapper's fifth No. 1.
Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” or perhaps the “Frozen” film soundtrack, might own the No. 2 slot. The former may sell around 90,000, while "Frozen" could shift 95,000 or more.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Ross is No. 1, followed by Williams. 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 top 10, the "Frozen" album is No. 3, followed by Michele and new sets from Eli Young Band and American Authors at Nos. 4-6, respectively. Both Eli Young Band and American Authors might finish the week outside of the top 10. They are on track to sell between 25,000 and 20,000, respectively.
ScHoolboy Q's current No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, "Oxymoron," is No. 7 on the Building chart. David Nail's new "I'm a Fire" is No. 8, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" is No. 9 and Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Pharrell Williams||"G I R L"|
|5||NEW||Eli Young Band||"10,000 Towns"|
|6||NEW||American Authors||"Oh, What A Life"|
|8||NEW||David Nail||"I'm a Fire"|
|10||7||Eric Church||"The Outsiders"|
|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.|