Alice in Chains, Little Mix & John Fogerty Bound For Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart
Rock band Alice in Chains are set for their highest charting album since 1995, as The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here might start in the No. 2 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart.
Industry sources forecast the album might sell around 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 2.
Alice in Chains was last in the top two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year's Nov. 25 chart. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002. The band regrouped in 2009 for a new studio effort, the No. 5-peaking Black Gives Way to Blue, with new singer William DuVall. Their latest album is their first since Black.
Blocking Alice in Chains from another No. 1 will likely be Daft Punk, who are on course for a second week atop the chart with Random Access Memories. The set started with 339,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and may sell around 90,000 in its second week (so suggest sources).
British female pop group Little Mix are aiming for a top five entry with its debut set, DNA, which might move around 45,000. Meanwhile, John Fogerty's all-star collaborations album, Wrote a Song For Everyone, is also heading for a 45,000 start. That figure should place the title in the top five, giving the veteran rocker his highest-charting album (and first top 10) since 1985's Centerfield hit No. 1.
On SoundScan's Building chart, Daft Punk is No. 1, followed by Alice in Chains, Little Mix and Fogerty, respectively, 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.
As for the rest of the Building chart's top 10: the resilient The Great Gatsby soundtrack is No. 5, Darius Rucker's True Believers is No. 6, Imagine Dragons' Night Visions is No. 7, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is No. 8, Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story is No. 9 and the-Dream's new IV Play is No. 10.