New Christmas albums from Kelly Clarkson and the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” are on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart.
Clarkson’s new “Wrapped In Red,” which is her first holiday effort, may sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 3. That could result in a top five debut for the pop star — and her sixth top 10 effort overall.
No. 1 next week should be the also-arriving Arcade Fire with its new album, “Reflektor.” Sources say it will sell perhaps 135,000. Katy Perry’s current No. 1, “PRISM,” will likely fall to No. 2, with maybe 90,000.
The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Also on tap for a possible top five debut is the “Duck the Halls” album from the Robertson family, of A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty.” The Christmas set may move 55,000 to 60,000 copies. The album features the cast of the show singing familiar holiday favorites, with a few new original tunes in the mix. It also boasts guest turns from country stars like George Strait, Luke Bryan and Alison Krauss.
The rest of the top 10 next week should see bows from Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” (35,000), Thomas Rhett’s debut full-length set “It Goes Like This” (35,000) and Linkin Park’s remix album “Recharged” (30,000). For Keith, “Drinks” could mark his 14th top 10 set on the tally, and would be his 12th studio album in a row to reach the top 10.
On SoundScan’s Building chart (below), Arcade Fire is No. 1, followed by Perry and “Duck the Halls” at 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.
As for the rest of the top 10: Linkin Park, Rhett and Keith are found at Nos. 4-6, while Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” sits at No. 7. Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” is No. 8, Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” is No. 9 and Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is No. 10.
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|3||NEW||The Robertson Family||“Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas”|
|5||NEW||Thomas Rhett||“It Goes Like This”|
|6||NEW||Toby Keith||“Drinks After Work”|
|7||NEW||Kelly Clarkson||“Wrapped In Red”|
|8||3||Drake||“Nothing Was the Same”|
|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.|