It's a quiet week in terms of huge new album releases, so a couple acts are aiming to make surprising top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Passion Pit and Gaslight Anthem are in the hunt for their first top 10 sets, as "Gossamer" and "Handwritten," respectively, are heading for solid debuts. Industry sources suggest that "Gossamer" could sell between 25,000 and 30,000 copies by July 29. And "Handwritten" will shift perhaps 35,000 copies.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Aug. 1.
"Gossamer" is Passion Pit's second full-length studio album, following 2009's "Manners." It debuted and peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard with 10,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far it has moved 295,000 copies. Gaslight Anthem's last studio set, "American Slang" (2010), topped out at No. 16 (where it bowed) off a 27,000 debut. It has shifted 100,000 total.
But neither Passion Pit nor Gaslight Anthem will end up No. 1 next week. The top slot will either go to Nas' current leader, "Life Is Good," or Zac Brown Band's previous No. 1, "Uncaged." It's too early to tell what either album sell, but neither seem likely to sell less than Passion Pit or Gaslight Anthem.