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Radiohead Aiming for Sixth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Moon Shaped Pool'

Radiohead photographed in 2011.
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Radiohead photographed in 2011.

Radiohead is set for its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its latest release, A Moon Shaped Pool. The album, which arrived on May 8, could enter at No. 3 on the May 28-dated chart, with over 150,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 12. (It will likely finish in third place behind current champ, Drake’s Views, and Beyonce’s former No. 1, Lemonade, respectively.)

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new May 28-dated chart (where Radiohead may bow at No. 3) is scheduled to be revealed on Sunday, May 15.

A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead's first studio album in over five years and follows the 2011 release The King of Limbs. That album debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the chart. The band previously visited the top 10 with In Rainbows (2008, No. 1), Hail To the Thief (No. 3, 2003), Amnesiac (No. 2, 2001) and Kid A (No. 1, 2000).

Views may tally another 275,000–300,000 units in its second chart week, while Lemonade could earn 220,000–240,000 units in its third frame.

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Views’ second week will benefit from the album’s wide commercial release to digital retailers (after a week of exclusivity with iTunes) and the bow of its physical CD on May 6. On the same day, Beyonce’s Lemonade arrived on physical CD as well. The latter album was released on April 23 and initially available for sale only through Tidal, but then became available to all digital retailers on April 25.

In terms of streaming availability, Views is still exclusive to Apple Music, while Lemonade is only streaming through Tidal.

Keith Urban and Cole Swindell should also see their latest albums start in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200. Urban’s Ripcord may score around 80,000 to 95,000 units, while Swindell’s You Should Be Here might move 60,000 to 75,000 units.

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