The Independence Day holiday (July 4) seemed to have frightened off some major album releases this past week, as relatively few big titles were released on July 3.
Among the most significant albums that hit retail were Chris Brown's "Fortune," Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" and Wisin & Yandel's "Lideres."
Brown's "Fortune" set is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, according to industry sources. The album should sell around 130,000 to 140,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 8.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on July 11.
Linkin Park's "Living Things," this past week's No. 1 album, may fall to the No. 3 or 4 slot, depending on how the set sells over the weekend.
Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" and Wisin & Yandel's "Lideres" are both aiming for a top 40 debut, with Flo looking at a 20,000 to 25,000 start and Wisin & Yandel going for 10,000 to 15,000. The latter will most likely also bow at No. 1 on the Latin Albums chart.
Next week's Billboard 200 will also be complicated by a number of titles due to make great gains thanks to low sale pricing at Amazon MP3. An array of popular albums were discounted to 99-cents for one day only (July 3) by the retailer, and many of those will pop into the top 20. Watch for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Gotye's "Making Mirrors," fun.'s "Some Nights," the Black Keys' "El Camino" and many others to rise.
On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), Brown is No. 1, while Justin Bieber's "Believe" and Maroon 5's "Overexposed" are Nos. 2 and 3. 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.
Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" and Linkin Park's "Living Things" are Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while Adele's "21" is in the No. 6 position. At No. 7 is Kenny Chesney's "Welcome to the Fishbowl," followed by One Direction's "Up All Night" at No. 8 and the "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2" compilation at No. 9. Closing out the Building Chart's top 10 is Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|4||9||Usher||"Looking 4 Myself"|
|5||1||Linkin Park||"Living Things"|
|7||6||Kenny Chesney||"Welcome to the Fishbowl"|
|8||8||One Direction||"Up All Night"|
|9||4||Various Artists||"Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2"|
|10||NEW||Flo Rida||"Wild Ones"|
|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.|