Industry sources suggest the set might sell 250,000 copies in the week ending July 27. (The number could end up just shy of 250,000 — but the quarter-million mark is definitely within their sights.)
The group’s Hey Or Hi/Capitol Records album follows their debut EP, She Looks So Perfect, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 earlier this year. It sold 143,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
5 Seconds of Summer would give the Billboard 200 chart its third act in a row to earn their first No. 1, following “Weird Al” Yankovic and fellow Australian act Sia. The latter two debuted at No. 1 in the last two weeks with Mandatory Fun and 1000 Forms of Fear, respectively.
5 Seconds of Summer could become the first Australian band to hit No. 1 since AC/DC’s Black Ice spent two weeks atop the list in 2008 (Nov. 8 and Nov. 15).
Other albums aiming for sizable starts next week — but nowhere near 5 Seconds of Summer — include Common’s Nobody’s Smiling and Crown the Empire’s The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways. The former might sell around 20,000, while the latter could do 18,000.
On SoundScan’s Building chart (below), 5 Seconds of Summer is No. 1, followed by the unstoppable Frozen soundtrack at No. 2. 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.
Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour is No. 3, while Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 26 is No. 4 and Common is No. 5. Crown the Empire is No. 6, with Ed Sheeran’s x at No. 7 and Jason Mraz’s YES! at No. 8. Rounding out the top 10 are “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun at No. 9 and Anberlin’s new release Lowborn at No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||5 Seconds of Summer||5 Seconds of Summer|
|3||6||Sam Smith||In the Lonely Hour|
|4||4||Kidz Bop Kids||Kidz Bop 26|
|6||NEW||Crown the Empire||The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways|
|9||1||“Weird Al” Yankovic||Mandatory Fun|
|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.|