Tim McGraw Heading for 15th Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Tim McGraw, 2013

The country superstar's "Two Lanes of Freedom" could top 100,000 copies in its first week

Country superstar Tim McGraw is on course for his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new set "Two Lanes of Freedom." Industry sources say the effort is set for a No. 2 bow and could sell 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Feb. 10.

The album is his first for Big Machine Records, after having spent his entire career with Curb Records. Big Machine is the home of Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts, among others.

McGraw's last studio effort, 2011's "Emotional Traffic," bowed at No. 2 a little over a year ago with 68,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. His new album is led by two hit singles, "Truck Yeah" and "One of Those Nights," both of which reached the top 15 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album also features "Highway Don't Care," a superstar collaboration with Swift and Keith Urban.

Over on the Country Albums chart, "Two Lanes of Freedom" will almost certainly debut at No. 1, giving him a 14th leader on the tally. Of his previous 11 studio albums, nine of them reached No. 1. He charted an additional four No. 1s with greatest hits albums.

The album that will likely block McGraw from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, however, is Josh Groban's "All That Echoes." As previously reported, sources suggest it might move around 130,000 copies.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Groban is No. 1 while McGraw is in the runner-up slot. The Building tally is a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week as reported by six major merchants.

As for the rest of the Building chart's top 10: the new "Now 45" compilation is No. 3, followed by Justin Bieber's "Believe Acoustic," Red's new "Release the Panic" and Joe Budden's "No Love Lost" at Nos. 4-6, respectively. Andrea Bocelli's "Passione" is in the No. 7 slot, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is at No. 8 and Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 9. Closing out the top 10 is Coheed and Cambria's new "The Afterman: Descension" at No. 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
1NEWJosh Groban"All That Echoes"
2NEWTim McGraw"Two Lanes of Freedom"
3NEWVarious Artists"Now 45"
41Justin Bieber"Believe Acoustic"
5NEWRed"Release the Panic"
6NEWJoe Budden"No Love Lost"
72Andrea Bocelli"Passione"
87Mumford & Sons"Babel"
96Bruno Mars"Unorthodox Jukebox"
10NEWCoheed and Cambria"The Afterman: Descension"
The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.