Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking week ending May 4, industry forecasters suggest.
That should greatly outpace the likely No. 2 set, the debuting “Shatter Me” from classical crossover violinist Lindsey Stirling. The independently distributed album could start with between 50,000 and 60,000 copies.
The top 10 positions of the new Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on May 7.
If “Frozen” logs another week at No. 1, it will become one of only 39 albums in the history of the chart to have earned at least 13 weeks at the top. (The Billboard 200 became a regularly published weekly chart in 1956.)
As for the rest of next week’s top 10, look for Ray LaMontagne’s new “Supernova” to tally the second-highest new entry. It may bow with around 40,000. It’s the singer/songwriter’s first release since 2010’s “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise,” which debuted and peaked at No. 3 from a 64,000 start.
Christian ensemble Passion should be the next-biggest arrival, as its new “Take It All” could sell perhaps 30,000. Pop duo Timeflies might be next in the debut parade; its “After Hours” set could sell 20,000.
On SoundScan’s Building chart (below), “Frozen” is No. 1, followed by Stirling, LaMontagne and Timeflies at Nos. 2-4. 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.
Iggy Azalea’s “The New Classic” is No. 5, followed by Future’s “Honest” at No. 6, and the Passion album at No. 7. Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” is No. 8, comedian Jim Gaffigan’s new “Obsessed” is No. 9 and Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” is No. 10. Gaffigan’s album may not sell enough to arrive in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, though a start in the top 15 or top 20 is probable.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|2||NEW||Lindsey Stirling||“Shatter Me”|
|5||3||Iggy Azalea||“The New Classic”|
|7||NEW||Passion||“Take It All”|
|8||4||Pharrell Williams||“G I R L”|
|10||7||Luke Bryan||“Crash My Party”|
|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.|