A start of 45,000 would be the vocal quartet's smallest debut so far. Big Time Rush's last release, 2011's "Elevate," moved 70,000 in its first week, for a No. 12 entry, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before that, their "BTR" debut in 2010 moved 67,000 in its opening frame (a No. 3 bow).
Big Time Rush's "24/Seven" might debut at No. 3 on next week's chart, behind the likely new No. 1, Black Sabbath's "13." The latter title is set for a start of around 120,000, securing the band's first No. 1 and its best sales week in the SoundScan era (1991-present).
At the present, it seems like Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" should hold at No. 2 with around 40,000.
Zimmer's "Man of Steel" score soundtrack could debut in the top five on the chart, which would be the highest-charting instrumental score album since Daft Punk's "TRON: Legacy" hit No. 4 in January 2011. "Man of Steel" opened in U.S. movie theaters on June 14.
An instrumental score set was most recently in the top 10 just a year ago, when Zimmer's "Dark Knight Rises" soundtrack debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 2012.
Other albums aiming for top 20 debuts next week include: Goo Goo Dolls' "Magnetic" (30,000), the Lonely Island's "The Wack Album" (25,000), Jimmy Eat World's "Damage" (20,000) and Chrisette Michele's "Better" (20,000).
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Black Sabbath is No. 1, followed by Big Time Rush and Daft Punk at No. 2 and 3, respectively. 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 Lonely Island, Goo Goo Dolls and Michele are Nos. 4-6. Darius Rucker's "True Believers" follows at No. 7, Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" places at No. 8 and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack is No. 9. Imagine Dragon's "Night Visions" closes out at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Big Time Rush||"24/Seven"|
|3||2||Daft Punk||"Random Access Memories"|
|4||NEW||The Lonely Island||"Wack Album"|
|5||NEW||Goo Goo Dolls||"Magnetic"|
|7||5||Darius Rucker||"True Believers"|
|8||8||Florida Georgia Line||"Here's to the Good Times"|
|10||7||Imagine Dragons||"Night Visions"|
|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.|