'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Selling Big, Heading for No. 2 on Billboard 200


The Baz Luhrmann film's all-star soundtrack looks to land below Lady Antebellum's "Golden."

The all-star soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby" is off to a fast start. Industry forecasters suggest the new compilation album, which was released this past Tuesday (May 7), might sell over 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday (May 12). That's bigger than what was projected two days ago, when sources were indicating a launch of around 90,000 to 95,000.

"The Great Gatsby's" hefty sales should easily grant the title a debut at No. 2 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Standing in its way will be Lady Antebellum's new "Golden," which will likely bow at No. 1 with around 150,000.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 15.

"The Great Gatsby" is the companion album to the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie of the same name, which opened in U.S. theaters on Friday. It could be the third soundtrack from a Luhrmann film to reach the top three: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet" hit No. 2, while 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" reached No. 3.

Other albums aiming for a top 10 debut next week include Pistol Annies' "Annie Up" and the new "Now 46" compilation. The albums should sell in excess of 80,000 copies each. Rod Stewart's new "Time" is also a contender for the top 10, with perhaps 40,000 or so.

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Lady Antebellum is No. 1 while "The Great Gatsby" is No. 2. 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: Pistol Annies and "Now 46" are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, while Michael Buble's "To Be Loved" sits at No. 5. Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is No. 6, Kenny Chesney's "Life On a Rock" is No. 7 and Stewart is No. 8. Blake Shelton's "Based On a True Story" is No. 9 and the new "The Music of Nashville, Vol. 2" -- the second soundtrack to the TV series "Nashville" -- is No. 10. 

Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 NEW Lady Antebellum "Golden"
2 NEW Soundtrack "The Great Gatsby"
3 NEW Pistol Annies "Annie Up"
4 NEW Various Artists "Now 46"
5 2 Michael Buble "To Be Loved"
6 3 Justin Timberlake "The 20/20 Experience"
7 1 Kenny Chesney "Life On a Rock"
8 NEW Rod Stewart "Time"
9 6 Blake Shelton "Based On a True Story"
10 NEW Soundtrack "The Music of Nashville, Vol. 2"
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.


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