Tori Kelly Aiming for Top Five Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Meredith Jenks

Tori Kelly photographed at Lefferts Historic House in Brooklyn, New York on June 17. 2015.

Rising star Tori Kelly is heading for a top five debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry forecasters suggest the singer/songwriter’s first full-length album, Unbreakable Smile, could earn between 65,000 and 70,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28. The set was released on June 23 through Capitol Records.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The chart’s new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, July 1.

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Unbreakable Smile is Kelly’s first full-length album and was preceded by the singles “Nobody Love” (which reached No. 16 on the Pop Songs airplay chart) and “Should’ve Been Us” (No. 32).  

Kelly made her Billboard chart debut in 2012 with her self-released EP Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly. It peaked in the top 10 of the Heatseekers Albums chart, and was followed by her debut EP release for Capitol Records: Forward. That set debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and in the top 10 of the Digital Albums chart.

As for the rest of next week’s Billboard 200 chart, watch for rock band Breaking Benjamin to score its first No. 1, as its new Dark Before Dawn could bow with over 150,000 units. Other albums set for top 10 debuts include Kacey MusgravesPageant Material (55,000 units) and Leon BridgesComing Home (30,000).


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