Bon Iver is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with 22, A Million. According to industry forecasters, the set could open atop the list with perhaps 65,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 6. The album was released on Sept. 30 through Jagjaguwar Records on CD, vinyl LP, digital download, cassette; and through streaming services.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Oct. 22-dated Billboard 200 chart — where Bon Iver may bow at No. 1 — is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Bon Iver’s new album follows its self-titled release in 2011, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 off a start of 104,000 copies sold. The set won the 2011 Grammy Award for best alternative album, the same year the band took home the best new artist trophy.
Meanwhile, Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table, is looking to launch in the runner-up slot on next week’s Billboard 200 with around 60,000 units. The album was released through digital retail and streaming services on Sept. 30 on Saint Records/Columbia Records, while a physical CD release is slated for Nov. 18. (The album’s release was only announced on Sept. 27.)
If A Seat at the Table debuts as expected, it will mark Solange’s highest-charting effort yet and second top 10 album. She previously visited the region with 2008’s No. 9-peaking Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams.