The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, June 20.
As for No. 1, Usher is looking for his latest chart-topper with “Looking 4 Myself.” The album, which was released on Tuesday, June 12, should sell around 120,000 to 130,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 17 according to industry sources. That will be enough to secure the star his fourth No. 1 album.
Rush’s first studio album in five years, “Clockwork Angels,” could start at No. 2 next week. The set, its debut for Anthem/Roadrunner Records, may move near 90,000 copies. “Clockwork Angels” may end up the band’s highest charting release since 1993’s “Counterparts” debuted and peaked at No. 2. The act — which has been charting since the 1970s — has yet to claim a No. 1.
Rush’s last studio album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows,” flew in at No. 3 with 93,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
British singer/songwriter Sheeran is already a major star in his homeland, and now he’s on the verge of major chart success in the U.S. His first full-length studio effort “+” may sell around 40,000 to 50,000, which should enable a debut somewhere in the top five. “+” has been a smash in the U.K., where it debuted at No. 1 in late 2011 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart and currently sits at No. 2 this week.
The album follows his EP “The A Team,” which reached No. 14 on the Heatseekers Albums chart last month. Earlier this year Sheeran won two Brit Awards (the U.K. equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for British breakthrough act and British solo male artist.
Country singer Josh Turner will likely claim his fourth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as “Punching Bag” seems a lock for a high bow. The set could sell around 40,000 to 50,000 copies. The album’s current single, “Time Is Love,” is bulleted at No. 14 on the Hot Country Songs chart and is his 11th top 20 hit on the tally.
On Nielsen SoundScan’s Building chart (below), Usher is No. 1 while Rush and Sheeran 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. Adele’s long-running “21” is in the fourth position while Turner is No. 5.
One Direction’s “Up All Night” is No. 6, Waka Flocka Flame’s new “Triple F Life” is No. 7 and Alan Jackson’s “Thirty Miles West” is No. 8. Kid Ink’s “Up & Away” is No. 9 and Luke Bryan’s “Tailgates & Tanlines” is No. 10.
Waka Flocka Flame’s “Triple F Life” is the rapper’s second studio album and includes featured turns from Drake, Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj. His first set, “Flockaveli,” debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2010 on the Billboard 200.
As for Kid Ink, the other new name in the top 10 on the Building Chart, the rapper’s debut studio album could bow in the top 20 next week. The set’s single, “Time of Your Life,” holds at No. 36 on the Rhythmic airplay chart this week, after peaking at No. 32 two weeks ago.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||Usher||“Looking 4 Myself”|
|5||NEW||Josh Turner||“Punching Bag”|
|6||4||One Direction||“Up All Night”|
|7||NEW||Waka Flocka Flame||“Triple F Life”|
|8||2||Alan Jackson||“Thirty Miles West”|
|9||NEW||Kid Ink||“Up & Away”|
|10||11||Luke Bryan||“Tailgates & Tanlines”|
|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.|