Fifth Harmony's 'Reflection' Racing Toward Top 10 Debut
Also heading for the Billboard 200's top 10: 'Now 53,' Diana Krall & Bob Dylan.
The new Now 53 compilation will likely be the chart's top debut, as industry prognosticators project it will shift 85,000-90,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8. (As for Swift's 1989, it could move around 95,000-100,000.)
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Fifth Harmony's debut full-length album, Reflection, seems primed for a start in the top five, with around 75,000 units. The quintet previously earned a top 10 with their first EP, Better Together, which debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Nov. 9, 2013-dated chart. The new album is supported by the act's first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Sledgehammer."
Be on the look out for significant gains in the top 10 by holdover albums like Ed Sheeran's x and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour. Both artists are nominated for multiple trophies on this Sunday's (Feb. 8) Grammy Awards, and are performing on the show. The Awards will be broadcast by CBS at 8 PM (live on the east coast). Even though Sunday is the final day of the Billboard 200 chart's tracking week, there could still be sizable digital sales gains registered in the last few hours of Sunday (while the Awards are in progress).