After Lady Gaga’s historic start atop the Billboard 200 chart with 1.11 million sold of her newest album, “Born This Way,” according to Nielsen SoundScan, the diva will most certainly spend a second frame at No. 1 next week.
While it’s too early to gauge exactly how many copies “Born This Way” will move in week number two, estimates suggest it could sell around 200,000 by June 5. While that would represent a staggering drop from her No. 1 debut, it’s not unusual to see albums that are heavily front-loaded in terms of first-week sales fall off a cliff in their second week.
The top debut next week will come from Death Cab For Cutie’s latest set, “Codes and Keys,” which could shift perhaps 90,000. And Eddie Vedder’s second solo album, “Ukulele Songs,” may start with 60,000. Both sets are aiming for a launch in the top five of the Billboard 200.
Also driving towards the top 10 are My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital” and Flogging Molly’s “Speed of Darkness.”