As previously reported, Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when the chart's top 10 is revealed on Dec. 18. The release has suddenly thrown off what was expected to be a second week at No. 1 for Garth Brooks’ recently released box set, as Beyonce stealthily released her album Thursday night.
Beyonce's iTunes-exclusive "visual" album, retailing for $15.99, contains 14 tracks, not available for a la carte purchases until Dec. 20, and 14 accompanying videos, along with other bonus video content. (As of Friday morning, no date had been announced for the CD release to physical retailers or of its availability on other digital download sites.)
Still, other action should infuse next week's Billboard 200, with Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" likely dipping to No. 2 after a week at the summit.
R. Kelly is also set to collect his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 next week. His "Black Panties" is on course to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Dec. 15, according to industry forecasters.
Meanwhile, Childish Gambino could possibly tally his first top 10 on the Billboard 200. The actor/comedian/hip-hop artist's second album, "Because the Internet," could sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week. That sales sum might be enough to secure him his first top 10. He just missed the region with his 2011 debut, "Camp." It debuted and peaked at No. 11, bowing with 52,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
On SoundScan's Building chart, Beyonce's set ranks at No. 1, followed by efforts from Brooks (No. 2), R. Kelly (No. 3) Childish Gambino (No. 4) and Kelly Clarkson's six-week-old holiday release "Wrapped in Red" (No. 5). Rounding out the top 10 are titles by One Direction (No. 6), the Robertsons of A&E's TV series "Duck Dynasty" (No. 7), Eminem (No. 8), Mary J. Blige (No. 9) and Katy Perry (No. 10).
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.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
Rank LW
BB 200
Artist Title
1 NEW Beyonce "Beyonce"
2 1 Garth Brooks "Blame It On All My Roots"
3 NEW R. Kelly "Black Panties"
4 NEW Childish Gambino "Because The Internet"
5 3 Kelly Clarkson "Wrapped In Red"
6 2 One Direction "Midnight Memories"
7 5 The Robertsons "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas"
8 6 Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
9 10 Mary J. Blige "A Mary Christmas"
10 9 Katy Perry "PRISM"
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.