Powered by their smash ballad “Say Something,” Pop duo a Great Big World is on track to score the highest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
The act’s “Is There Anybody Out There?” may sell between 45,000 and 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 26. The album’s single, “Say Something,” with Christina Aguilera, is currently bulleted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 — its peak position.
As for next week’s No. 1 album, it’s likely that the “Frozen” soundtrack will stage a return to the top. However, it’s too early to forecast how much the Disney album will sell this week. In the week ending Jan. 19, it sold 87,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while in the week previous, it moved 86,000.
The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Jan. 29.
If “Frozen” returns to No. 1, it will mark the third non-consecutive week atop the list for the album. The last soundtrack to spend more than two weeks at No. 1 was “High School Musical 2,” which ruled for four weeks in 2007.
A wild card in the mix this week is the Grammy Awards, which air on Sunday night (Jan. 26), the final day of the tracking week. Though, most of the large gains won’t be seen until after a full week of impact has been felt from the show. (Still, don’t rule out a Sunday night surge for any number of albums from the performers and winners on the show. Say, for example, nominee and performer Beyonce’s self-titled album.)
The awards should benefit the new “2014 Grammy Nominees” compilation, which arrived to market on Jan. 21. The 18-song album features such Grammy nominees as Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Daft Punk. At the present, the album may sell approximately 45,000 copies.