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Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill of It All’ Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Sam Smith's "The Thrill of It All" is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, while new efforts from Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Kid Rock and Grace VanderWaal are all…

Sam Smith is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.

Prognosticators suggest his second full-length studio album, The Thrill of It All, will debut atop next week’s chart with a little more than 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 9. The album was released on Nov. 3 through Capitol Records, and follows Smith’s debut effort, In the Lonely Hour, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2014.

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. 25-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Smith will likely bow at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 12.


Smith’s new album was one of a number of high profile sets that dropped on Nov. 3. Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues also arrived, and is heading for a No. 2 entry behind Smith, with its debut week forecast currently at around 120,000 units. Also on course for high bows on the chart: Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore (with perhaps 60,000 units), Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically (45,000), Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar (around 40,000) and Grace VanderWaal’s first full-length studio album, Just the Beginning (20,000).