Carrie Underwood's 'Cry Pretty' on Course For No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Randee St. Nicholas
Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is on course for her fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest release, Cry Pretty, may debut atop the tally next week. According to industry forecasters, the album, which was released on Sept. 14 via Capitol Nashville, could launch with over 210,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 20.

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. 29-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Cry Pretty should debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Cry Pretty is Underwood’s first album for Capitol Nashville, after a career with Sony Music’s Arista Nashville. Underwood previously topped the Billboard 200 with Blown Away (2012), Play On (2009) and Carnival Ride (2007).

If Cry Pretty launches as expected, it will secure the largest week for a country album in 2018. Currently, the biggest week for a country set this year is owned by Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town, which debuted at No. 1 with 183,000 units earned, according to Nielsen Music (chart dated April 28).

Also heading for a top 10 debut next week is 6LACK’s second studio album East Atlanta Love Letter, which could start in the region with 70,000 units. His debut set, FREE 6LACK, peaked at No. 34 in 2017.