Dave Matthews Band Heading for Record Sixth Straight No. 1 Album
Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums on the Billboard 200 next week. The band's new "Away From the World" should open atop the tally next with over 250,000 sold, so say industry forecasters.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Should "Away From the World" bow at No. 1, it will follow the chart-topping openings of the band's last five studio sets: "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King" (2009), "Stand Up" (2005), "Busted Stuff" (2002), "Everyday" (2001) and "Before These Crowded Streets" (1998). Only the group's first two studio albums missed No. 1: 1996's "Crash" (No. 2) and 1994's "Under the Table and Dreaming" (No. 11).
Currently, among groups, Dave Matthews Band and Metallica are tied with five straight No. 1-bowing studio releases.
There will be other action near the top of the Billboard 200 next week, as Bob Dylan's "Tempest," Little Big Town's "Tornado" and the Avett Brothers' "The Carpenter" are selling big. All three are looking to start with around 90,000 to 100,000 sold, so the order of their debuts next week will become more clear as the week progresses.
But wait, there's more!
The xx's "Coexist" and ZZ Top's "Futura" could both see a start in the top 10. Meanwhile, the compilation "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album" -- the companion album to the hit series of books -- could bow in the top 20. Finally, Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally" soundtrack -- primarily composed of music by its co-star Austin Lynch -- might debut in the top 25.