Lindsey Stirling Heading for Top Debut on Billboard 200 Chart
Classical crossover artist Lindsey Stirling is set to earn the highest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
The violinist's new dance-meets-classical album, "Shatter Me," was released on Tuesday, April 29 and could enter the chart at No. 2 -- so say industry forecasters. Sources project the set to sell somewhere in the range of 50,000 to 70,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 4.
The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, May 7.
Stirling's independently-distributed set follows her breakthrough self-titled debut, which was released in 2012 and has sold 321,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album spent 37 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Classical Crossover Albums chart -- the sixth-longest run at No. 1 in the chart's 20-year history. It also spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
If "Shatter Me" starts with over 50,000, it would instantly secure Stirling her biggest sales week. Her self-titled debut's best frame came in November of 2013, when a deluxe reissue of the title pushed its weekly sales to 10,000 (week ending Nov. 3). That reissue also prompted its highest rank on the Billboard 200, as it zoomed from No. 198 to No. 23.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to "Frozen" will likely nab a lucky 13th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. While it's too early to tell how many copies it could sell in the week ending May 4, sources suggest it should still be ahead of Stirling's "Shatter Me."
Following Stirling, watch for Ray LaMontagne's new "Supernova" to bow with around 40,000 or so. It's the singer/songwriter's first release since 2010's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," which debuted and peaked at No. 3 from a 64,000 start.
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