Linkin Park is aiming for its 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with One More Light. Industry forecasters suggest the set -- which was released May 19 through Machine Shop/Warner Bros. Records -- may launch with around 90,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 25. The album, which is Linkin Park’s seventh studio effort, will likely arrive in the No. 2 slot on the chart.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new June 10-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Linkin Park will likely start at No. 2) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 28.
Linkin Park will probably be blocked from No. 1 by Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which could return to the top for a fourth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 (with around 100,000 units). The album bowed at No. 1 on the May 6-dated chart and spent the next two weeks in the penthouse. It then slipped to No. 3 for the past two weeks.
Linkin Park has previously visited the Billboard 200’s top 10 nine times -- with all six of their earlier studio efforts, along with two remix albums, and the band’s collaborative mash-up set with Jay Z, Collision Course.
The rest of next week’s top 10 will be fairly quiet, as no other albums are on course for a debut in the region.