While Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is set for a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, a number of new arrivals should grace the top 10.
The Band Perry's sophomore album, "Pioneer," is on course for a No. 2 bow and Tyler, the Creator's "Wolf" could start at No. 3. The albums may sell a respective 110,000 and 80,000 by the end of the tracking week on April 7, according to industry sources.
The arrivals will represent career-highs for each act -- both in sales and chart position.
The Band Perry's self-titled debut bowed and peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with 53,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The country trio's smash set has gone on to sell 1.5 million in the U.S. and was the No. 6 best-selling country album of 2011. Tyler, the Creator's last release, "Goblin," debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 off a 45,000 start.
Meanwhile, Timberlake's "20/20" could sell around 150,000 copies. If it holds at No. 1, it will be the first album by a male artist to spend its first three weeks on the chart at No. 1 since 2010. Eminem's "Recovery" was the last to do so -- holding atop the list for its first five weeks (July 10 - Aug. 7).
The returning New Kids on the Block should see its tenth album, fittingly titled "10," debut in the top 10 with around 45,000. Their last studio release was 2008's "The Block," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 off a 95,000 launch. The group returned in 2011 with the collaborative greatest hits album "NKOTBSB" (with Backstreet Boys). It bowed at No. 7 with 40,000.
The final top 10 bow next week could come from rock back Killswitch Engage's "Disarm the Descent." The set may move around 45,000 and secure the act its second top 10. It follows 2009's self-titled release, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 58,000.
On SoundScan's Building chart (below), Timberlake is No. 1 while the Band Perry and Tyler, the Creator are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. 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 Building chart's top 10: Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story" is No. 4, followed by New Kids on the Block's "10," Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" and Killswitch Engage at Nos. 5-7. Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" is No. 8, P!nk's "The Truth About Love" is No. 9, and Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||1||Justin Timberlake||"The 20/20 Experience"|
|2||NEW||The Band Perry||"Pioneer"|
|3||NEW||Tyler, the Creator||"Wolf"|
|4||3||Blake Shelton||"Based on a True Story"|
|5||NEW||New Kids on the Block||"10"|
|6||2||Lil Wayne||"I Am Not a Human Being II"|
|7||NEW||Killswitch Engage||"Disarm the Descent"|
|8||8||Imagine Dragons||"Night Visions"|
|9||7||P!nk||"The Truth About Love"|
|10||9||Bruno Mars||"Unorthodox Jukebox"|
|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.|