Lady Antebellum & SZA Aiming for Top 5 Debuts on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Eric Ray Davidson
Lady Antebellum

Country trio Lady Antebellum and singer/songwriter SZA are aiming for top five debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry forecasters suggest that Lady A’s new Heart Break could launch perhaps at No. 3 with around 55,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 15. As for SZA, her debut full-length studio album, Ctrl, may arrive at No. 4 with over 45,000 units earned.

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 July 1-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Lady A and SZA will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 18.

As for the No. 1 slot on the next Billboard 200, Katy Perry’s Witness is on track to arrive atop the list. The set may earn around 190,000 units. (It was earlier forecasted to bow with perhaps between 200,000 and 225,000 units.)

Lady A’s Heart Break is the group’s sixth studio album, and if it debuts as expected, will grant the act its seventh top 10 effort (all five of their earlier studio sets, along with a Christmas album, hit the top 10). Their last album, 2014’s 747, debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 74,000 copies sold in its first week.

Meanwhile, SZA’s Ctrl is set to give the artist her second top 40-charting set, following the No. 39 peak of her mixtape Z back in 2014.