Industry sources indicate "Uncaged" could top the Billboard 200 with around 200,000 to 220,000 copies sold by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 15. That number is a little larger than expected, thanks to Amazon MP3 sale pricing the set for $3.99. The retailer has discounted the title since it bowed on Tuesday, July 10.
"Uncaged" will mark the second No. 1 for the group on the Billboard 200, following 2010's "You Get What You Give," which launched with a career-high 153,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
While Amazon MP3 is helping Zac Brown Band, one title it won't be helping this week is Frank Ocean's debut studio album "Channel Orange." It may launch at No. 2 with a robust 100,000 to 120,000 copies -- nearly all from Apple's iTunes Store.
Ocean, an R&B singer/songwriter and a member of Odd Future, released "Channel Orange" one week early (July 10) to iTunes. The retailer is the sole digital seller of the album until July 17.
Target Won't Carry Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange'
"Channel Orange" -- released by Def Jam and distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution -- is beating early, pre-release sales forecasts, which had pinned its start somewhere in the 40,000 to 50,000 range. That would have fallen in line with the bows of Odd Future's own debut studio set "The OF Tape Vol. 2" earlier this year (No. 5 with 40,000) and Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator's "Goblin" (No. 5 in 2011 with 45,000).
While the album's CD version wasn't supposed to go on sale until July 17, physical retailers have been told by Universal to start selling the album as soon as they receive it. Thus, some physical CDs will be in the mix when the album makes it debut on the Billboard 200 next week.