Florida Georgia Line Bound for Second No. 1 Album; Barbra & Britney Headed for Nos. 2 & 3 on Billboard 200
Country duo Florida Georgia Line is on course for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Dig Your Roots. Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on Aug. 26 through Big Machine Label Group, may earn around 150,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 1.
Dig Your Roots wasn’t the only significant album that dropped on Aug. 26, as both Barbra Streisand and Britney Spears issued their latest studio efforts on the same day. Prognosticators indicate Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway and Spears’ Glory will likely finish the week at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. (The current No. 1, Frank Ocean's Blonde, may end up falling to No. 4 in its second frame.)
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 new Sept. 17-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where Dig Your Roots may open at No. 1 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Sources say Streisand’s collaborative Encore set -- which pairs her for duets with actors like Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx and Melissa McCarthy -- could earn around 120,000 to 130,000 units. As for Spears’ Glory, it may shift over 100,000 units.
Florida Georgia Line previously led the Billboard 200 with its last album, 2014’s Anything Goes, which launched with 197,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Streisand’s Encore is primed to become the diva’s 34th top 10 album. Spears’ Glory would mark the pop star’s 10th top 10 album.