Breaking Benjamin Bound for Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Nicole Napier
Breaking Benjamin

Nearly six years after Breaking Benjamin’s last studio album, the band is on course for its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the rock group’s latest release, Dark Before Dawn, could move upwards of 140,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28. That should be enough to give the quintet its first leader on the tally.

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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, July 1.

Dark Before Dawn was released on June 23 through Hollywood Records and is Breaking Benjamin’s first album with an almost entirely new lineup. Only its frontman, Benjamin Burnley, remains from its previous incarnation.

The group’s last studio set, 2009’s Dear Agony, debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 134,000 sold in its first week. Their high-water mark on the chart came with 2006’s Phobia, which debuted and peaked in the No. 2 slot.

Other albums heading for sizable debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart include Tori Kelly’s Unbreakable Smile (70,000 units), Kacey MusgravesPageant Material (55,000) and the Teen Beach 2 soundtrack (25,000).