Chart Beat

Luke Bryan Eyeing Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

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Jim Wright

Luke Bryan photographed in 2015.

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights may capture a second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 5), according to industry forecasters. The set, which debuted atop the list with 345,000 units earned in its first week (according to Nielsen Music), could hold on to the top slot with over 90,000 moved in the week ending Aug. 20.

Possibly standing in Bryan’s way is a surging Ed Sheeran, whose X album might return to the top. The set is rallying thanks to sales and streams generated by the singer’s NBC TV concert special Live at Wembley on Aug. 16, and a 99-cent sale price for the album in the Google Play store.

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 top 10 of the Sept. 5-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s Web sites on Sunday, Aug. 23.

In terms of new arrivals to next week’s top 10, watch for Bullet For My Valentine’s Venom to bow with around 30,000, while Elvis Presley’s new compilation Elvis Presley Forever may launch with between 25,000 and 30,000. The latter album is exclusively available through the U.S. Postal Service, and was released in tandem with Presley’s new commemorative stamp.