Sam Smith's 'The Thrill of It All' Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Sam Smith performs at Apple Music's 'On The Record: The Thrill Of It All - Live', streamed globally on Nov. 3, 2017 in London, England.  

Sam Smith is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.

Prognosticators suggest his second full-length studio album, The Thrill of It All, will debut atop next week’s chart with a little more than 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 9. The album was released on Nov. 3 through Capitol Records, and follows Smith’s debut effort, In the Lonely Hour, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2014.

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 Nov. 25-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Smith will likely bow at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Smith’s new album was one of a number of high profile sets that dropped on Nov. 3. Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues also arrived, and is heading for a No. 2 entry behind Smith, with its debut week forecast currently at around 120,000 units. Also on course for high bows on the chart: Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore (with perhaps 60,000 units), Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically (45,000), Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar (around 40,000) and Grace VanderWaal’s first full-length studio album, Just the Beginning (20,000).

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