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Muse Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Danny Clinch

Muse photographed in 2015.

Rock band Muse is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the British act’s Drones, which was released on June 8 through Helium-3/Warner Bros. Records, could move over 75,000 equivalent albums units in the week ending June 14.

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 new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 17.

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Muse was formed in 1994 and charted its first Billboard hits 10 years later with the single “Time Is Running Out” and the album Absolution. The former reached No. 9 on the Alternative Songs chart, while the Absolution set peaked at No. 107 on the Billboard 200.

Since then, Muse has racked up 14 more Alternative Songs hits -- including four No. 1s. In addition, on the Billboard 200, they’ve claimed a total of seven entries (five studio efforts plus two live albums). Their highest charting album is their last studio release, 2012’s The 2nd Law, which debuted and peaked at No. 2.

The second-biggest debut on next week’s chart could be Of Monsters and Men’s Beneath the Skin, which may start with around 50,000 to 60,000 units. Watch for the Rolling StonesSticky Fingers reissue to re-launch with 30,000-plus units as well.