Lana Del Rey's major label full-length debut album, "Born to Die," is off to a fast start. Industry sources say that the set may sell between 60,000 to 70,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Feb. 5. That should easily give the album at No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
So it's no surprise to see Del Rey is sitting at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below). 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 (ending Sunday, Feb. 5) as reported by six major merchants.
Veteran singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen  could capture his first top 10 album ever as "Old Ideas" may also arrive in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. (On the Building list, it is No. 7.) Sources say that the set may sell around 40,000. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never been higher than No. 63, when 1969's "Songs From a Room" reached its peak.
As for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week? Expect Adele's "21" to notch a 19th frame atop the list.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Lana Del Rey||"Born To Die"|
|3||4||Various Artists||"2012 Grammy Nominees"|
|4||2||Tim McGraw||"Emotional Traffic"|
|6||6||Kidz Bop Kids||"Kidz Bop 21"|
|7||NEW||Leonard Cohen||"Old Ideas"|
|9||16||Rihanna||"Talk That Talk"|
|10||NEW||Fred Hammond||"God, Love & Romance"|
|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.|
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