Rock band Brand New is bound for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that the group’s new effort, Science Fiction, could earn perhaps 55,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 24. The album — which was surprise released on Aug. 18 via the band’s own Procrastinate! Music Traitors label — is the act’s first release in nearly eight years.
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. 9-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Brand New will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Aug. 27.