Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
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Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums.

Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut in the No. 2 slot with somewhere between 180,000 and 200,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 16. The band -- led by Dave Grohl -- will likely be blocked by Taylor Swift's 1989, which may spend a third straight week at No. 1 with perhaps 300,000 (or more).

The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Foo Fighters' last album, 2011's Wasting Light, marked the band's first chart-topper when it debuted at No. 1. It bowed with 235,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also heading for the top 10 is Pink Floyd, which should notch its 10th top 10 album with The Endless River, which may sell around 150,000. It's the act's first studio release since 1994's No. 1-debuting The Division Bell. (The new mostly-instrumental album consists of material initially written and recorded for The Division Bell.)

Country legend Garth Brooks may collect his 16th top 10 album with his latest release, Man Against Machine. The Pearl/RCA Nashville album might sell around 125,000 copies. Brooks last released a new studio album way back in 2001, with Scarecrow, which debuted at No. 1. The new album is notably unavailable through digital retailers, except for Brooks' own GhostTunes website.

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Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd and Brooks' new albums are all distributed by Sony Music, which should give the company three out of the top four albums next week (Nos. 2-4).

After the trio of new Sony titles, the next biggest arrival will probably be rapper Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica with maybe a little over 40,000. Following him might be Nick Jonas' self-titled album, with about 40,000 as well.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Swift is No. 1, followed by Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Brooks, Big K.R.I.T. and Jonas at Nos. 2-6, 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 Building chart's top 10, the Now 52 album is No. 7, followed by Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour at No. 8, Damien Rice's new My Favourite Faded Fantasy at No. 9 and Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt at No. 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 1 Taylor Swift 1989
2 NEW Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
3 NEW Pink Floyd The Endless River
4 NEW Garth Brooks Man Against Machine
5 NEW Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica
6 NEW Nick Jonas Nick Jonas
7 2 Various Artists Now 52
8 8 Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour
9 NEW Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
10 4 Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt
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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