Passenger Riding to Best Week Ever on Billboard 200

Caroll Taveras
 Passenger photographed by Caroll Taveras on April 1st in New York.

Passenger -- aka singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg -- is buckled in for his best week yet on the Billboard 200 chart. 

The act's fifth album, "Whispers," released on June 10, could start just outside the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with a career-best sales week. Industry sources forecast the album to sell around 17,000 to 20,000 copies in the week ending June 15.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be announced on Wednesday, June 18.

Passenger broke through in the U.S. with the hit single "Let Her Go" in late 2013. It had earlier found success outside America, hitting No. 1 in Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Aug. 17, 2013, and eventually climbed to No. 5 on Feb. 22, 2014. It spent a lengthy 43 weeks on the chart, and has sold 3.9 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The single's parent album, "All the Little Lights," peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200, never selling more than about 16,000 copies in a week. Its cumulative sales stand at 319,000.

As for the top 10 on next week's chart, look for Jack White's "Lazaretto" to easily debut at No. 1. Sources say the album should sell north of 110,000. The rest of the top 10 will likely consist of holdover titles.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Passenger is No. 8, while White is No. 1. 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 top 10 on the Building Chart: Miranda Lambert's current Billboard 200 champ, "Platinum," is No. 2, while "The Fault In Our Stars" soundtrack is No. 3. The "Frozen" soundtrack chills at No. 4, while Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" is No. 5. The "Now 50" compilation is No. 6, with Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" and the "Now Country 7" compilation at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively. O.A.R.'s "The Rockville LP" rounds out the top 10, at No. 10. (Though, it will likely debut outside of the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.)

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
1NEWJack White"Lazaretto"
21Miranda Lambert"Platinum"
38Soundtrack"The Fault In Our Stars"
53Brantley Gilbert"Just As I Am"
66Various Artists"Now 50"
75Coldplay"Ghost Stories"
911Various Artists"Now Country 7"
10NEWO.A.R."The Rockville LP"
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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