Paul Simon Aiming for His Highest-Charting Album in 29 Years on Billboard 200

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Paul Simon performs onstage during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 29, 2016 in New Orleans.

Music legend Paul Simon is heading for his highest charting album in 29 years on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.

Sources suggest the artist’s new release, Stranger to Stranger (which was released on June 3 via Concord Records), may bow at No. 3 on the June 25-dated Billboard 200 with over 60,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 9. That would mark his highest ranking set since Graceland peaked at No. 3 on April 4, 1987. In addition, if Stranger starts at No. 3, it would land Simon his highest debut ever, ahead of the No. 4 start of his last studio album, 2011’s So Beautiful or So What.

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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 top 10 of the new June 25-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 12.

Simon has so far achieved six solo top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including the chart topping Still Crazy After All These Years in 1975. As one-half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, the act scored five top 10 efforts, of which two topped the list: Bookends (No. 1 for seven weeks in 1968) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (No. 1 for 10 weeks in 1970).

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Ahead of Simon on next week’s chart will likely be two familiar faces: Drake and Beyonce. The former’s Views will likely hold at No. 1 for a sixth straight week with over 125,000 units, while Beyonce’s Lemonade will probably end up in the runner-up slot with over 65,000 units.

Other albums looking to make top 10 debuts include Volbeat’s Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (with perhaps 50,000 units) and Maren MorrisHero (around 45,000).


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