Kelly Clarkson is on course for her eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with her latest release, Meaning of Life. Industry forecasters suggest her new set — which was released on Oct. 27 through Atlantic Records — could launch with perhaps 75,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2. The album will likely debut at No. 2 behind the also-arriving Kenny Chesney at No. 1, with his new album, Live in No Shoes Nation. The latter set could start with over 200,000 units.
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 Nov. 18-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Chesney could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Meaning of Life is Clarkson’s debut album for Atlantic Records, after spending her entire career with RCA Records. If Meaning of Life launches in the top 10, it will secure Clarkson her eighth top 10 effort. She previously visited the region with her last studio effort, Piece by Piece (No. 1 in 2015), the Christmas album Wrapped in Red (No. 3, 2013), Stronger (No. 2, 2011), All I Ever Wanted (No. 1, 2009), My December (No. 2, 2007), Breakaway (No. 3, 2004) and her debut album, Thankful (No. 1, 2003).
Notably, all of Clarkson’s full-length albums, except for her best-of package Greatest Hits: Chapter One (No. 11, 2012), have not only reached the top 10, but also the top three.
Other albums aiming for a top 10 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 include 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s surprise collaborative album, Without Warning, Chris Brown’s 45-song Heartbreak on a Full Moon and Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time. Both Without Warning and Heartbreak on a Full Moon arrived in the middle of the tracking week, on Oct. 31. (Most of the albums that will debut on next week’s chart were released on the first day of the tracking week: Oct. 27.) Sources suggest Without Warning and Heartbreak could begin with 50,000 units and 45,000 units, respectively. Big K.R.I.T.’s album may debut with around 35,000.