Hunter Hayes' 'Storyline' Heading for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

Austin Hargrave
Hunter Hayes photographed April 7, 2014 at Crush at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Twenty-two-year-old Hunter Hayes is aiming for his highest charting album yet on the Billboard 200, as his sophomore set, "Storyline," could debut at No. 3 next week.

Industry sources forecast the album, which was released on May 6, may sell between 70,000 and 75,000 copies in the week ending May 11. That should also place it at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

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"Storyline" will likely garner Hayes his best sales week, and his highest charting set on the Billboard 200. His self-titled 2011 debut peaked at No. 7 and hit No. 1 on the Country Albums chart in 2013.

Standing in the way of “Storyline" on the Billboard 200 may be the new "Now 50" compilation at No. 1 and the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" at No. 2. Sources forecast the former to sell over 130,000, while "Frozen" may shift another 100,000 or so.

"Now 50" -- if it tops the list -- will give the long-running "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise its 18th No. 1. The "Frozen" album may fall from the top slot after 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.

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Also on course for significant debuts next week are Sarah McLachlan's "Shine On”, the Tech N9ne Collabos set "Strangeulation”, Atmosphere's "Southsiders" and Lily Allen's "Sheezus”. McLachlan may sell around 35,000, while the Tech N9ne set could move 25,000 or so. Atmosphere and Allen are aiming for a bow of around 20,000.

"Shine On" is McLachlan's first album on Verve Records after spending her entire recording career releasing material through Arista Records and Nettwerk Records. If the new album starts in the top 10, it will mark the sixth top 10 set for McLachlan. Tech N9ne, Atmosphere and Allen have all previously visited the top 10 as well.

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On SoundScan's Building chart (below), "Now 50" is No. 1, followed by Hayes and "Frozen" at Nos. 2 and 3, 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.

McLachlan is No. 4, with the Tech N9ne set and Allen's "Sheezus" at Nos. 5 and 6. Amosphere is No. 7, followed by the new "Nashville: Season 2 - Volume 2" soundtrack at No. 8. (It may not ultimately finish in the top 10 of the official Billboard 200 chart, as its sales forecast is around 15,000 to 20,000. To close out the Building Chart's top 10, Pharrell's "G I R L" is No. 9 and Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" sits at No. 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
1NEWVarious Artists"Now 50"
2NEWHunter Hayes"Storyline"
4NEWSarah McLachlan"Shine On"
5NEWTech N9ne Collabos"Strangeulation"
6NEWLily Allen"Sheezus"
8NEWSoundtrack"Nashville: Season 2 - Volume 2"
96Pharrell Williams"G I R L"
109Luke Bryan"Crash My Party"
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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