Alice in Chains was last in the top two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year's Nov. 25 chart. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002. The band regrouped in 2009 for a new studio effort, the No. 5-peaking "Black Gives Way to Blue," with new singer William DuVall. Their latest album is their first since "Black."
Blocking Alice in Chains from another No. 1 will likely be Daft Punk, who are on course for a second week atop the chart with "Random Access Memories." The set started with 339,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and may sell around 90,000 in its second week (so suggest sources).
British female pop group Little Mix are aiming for a top five entry with its debut set, "DNA," which might move around 45,000. Meanwhile, John Fogerty's all-star collaborations album, "Wrote a Song For Everyone," is also heading for a 45,000 start. That figure should place the title in the top five, giving the veteran rocker his highest-charting album (and first top 10) since 1985's "Centerfield" hit No. 1.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Daft Punk is No. 1, followed by Alice in Chains, Little Mix and Fogerty, respecitvely, at Nos. 2-4. 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 Building chart's top 10: the resilient "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack is No. 5, Darius Rucker's "True Believers" is No. 6, Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" is No. 7, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is No. 8, Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story" is No. 9 and the-Dream's new "IV Play" is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||1||Daft Punk||"Random Access Memories"|
|2||NEW||Alice in Chains||"The Devil Put the Dinosaurs Here"|
|4||NEW||John Fogerty||"Wrote a Song for Everyone"|
|5||NEW||Soundtrack||"The Great Gatsby"|
|6||2||Darius Rucker||"True Believers"|
|7||13||Imagine Dragons||"Night Visions"|
|8||9||Justin Timberlake||"The 20/20 Experience"|
|9||16||Blake Shelton||"Based on a True Story"|
|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.|