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Black Label Society, SoMo To Heat Up Billboard 200, 'Frozen' Expected To Stay At No. 1

Scott Uchida

Black Label Society

As previously reported, the "Frozen" soundtrack will likely spend a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album will easily outpace the rest of the chart, as industry forecasters suggest it could sell more than 130,000 copies in the week ending April 12.

That should push the album pass the 2 million sales mark total, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Through the week ending April 6, the album had sold 1.9 million.

The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, April 16.

Outside the No. 1 slot, the highest debuts will likely come from a group of new releases including Black Label Society's "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," which might sell between 25,000 and 30,000 copies. The rock band's last studio effort, 2010's "Order of the Black," debuted with 33,000, according to SoundScan, and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 4.

SoMo's self-titled second album could start with around 20,000 to 25,000. The R&B/pop singer's 2012 debut, "My Life," missed the Billboard 200 but reached No. 24 on our new artist albums' chart, Heatseekers Albums.

Veteran Christian band MercyMe could also start in the low 20,000-range with its new album, "Welcome to the New." It should easily bow at No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart.

Martina McBride's new covers album, "Everlasting," might sell around 20,000, as well. The collection features the country singer's takes on largely pop classics like "Suspicious Minds," "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and "Wild Night." The set also includes guest turns from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), "Frozen" is No. 1, followed by SoMo at No. 2. 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: 5 Seconds of Summer's debut EP "She Looks So Perfect" is at No. 3 (after debuting at No. 2 this week, with 143,000 sold) and Black Label Society and McBride place at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" ranks at No. 6, followed by Shakira's self-titled set at No. 7; both have peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Luke Bryan's former No. 1 "Crash My Party" holds the No. 8 spot on the Building chart, with a surge in weekly sales expected after he co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast on CBS, on April 6. MercyMe is at No. 9 and Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which has peaked at No. 4 in its 70-week Billboard 200 run, rounds out the top 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
325 Seconds of Summer"She Looks So Perfect"
4NEWBlack Label Society"Catacombs of the Black Vatican"
5NEWMartina McBride"Everlasting"
69Pharrell Williams"G I R L"
815Jason Aldean"Crash My Party"
9NEWMercyMe"Welcome to the New"
1019Florida Georgia Line"Here's to the Good Times"
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.