Sara Bareilles Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

Danny Clinch
Sara Bareilles

The singer-songwriter's "The Blessed Unrest" will bow below Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail."

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is heading for No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with her new album "The Blessed Unrest." Industry sources say the set should sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 21.

Blocking her from the top slot will be Jay Z, who will see his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" reign for a second week. It might move around 115,000 or so. It debuted at No. 1 with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, July 24.

Bareilles' last full-length studio album, 2010's "Kaleidoscope Heart," debuted at No. 1 with a start of 90,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The popular Kidz Bop franchise will tally another top 10 album as well next week. Its new "Kidz Bop 24" should start at No. 3 with about 60,000. There's a slight chance it could bump Bareilles out of the runner-up slot, as both albums are within striking distance of one another.

"Kidz Bop 24" will mark the 17th top 10 album for the long-running series of child-friendly albums.

Rapper Ace Hood should nab his second top 10 album next week, as "Trials & Tribulations" is set to bow with around 30,000. His last release, 2011's "Blood Sweat + Tears," was his first top 10. It debuted and peaked at No. 8.

16-year old Cody Simpson is on his way to his first top 10 album, as "Surfers Paradise" is aiming to ride in with about 30,000. He's charted two previous efforts: 2011's "Coast to Coast" EP (No. 12) and 2012's "Paradise" (No. 27).

On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Jay-Z is No. 1, followed by Bareilles, "Kidz Bop 24," Hood and Simpson, respectively, at Nos. 2-5. 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 top 10: Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" is No. 6, J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is No. 7 and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is No. 8. Rounding out the top 10 are Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" at No. 9 and Matt Nathanson's new "Last of the Great Pretenders" at No. 10.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200
11Jay-Z"Magna Carta Holy Grail"
2NEWSara Bareilles"The Blessed Unrest"
3NEWKidz Bop Kids"Kidz Bop 24"
4NEWAce Hood"Trials & Tribulations"
5NEWCody Simpson"Surfers Paradise"
64Florida Georgia Line"Here's to the Good Times"
73J. Cole"Born Sinner"
813Justin Timberlake"The 20/20 Experience"
95Imagine Dragons"Night Visions"
10NEWMatt Nathanson"Last of the Great Pretenders"
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.