Fantasia, Phoenix Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart
Fantasia is heading for her third top 10 album, as Side Effects Of You is on course for a No. 2 bow next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album -- her fourth -- could sell around 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 28.
It will mark the second No. 2 set for the 2004 American Idol winner, who saw her last release, 2010's Back to Me, also debut and peak at No. 2. That effort bowed with 117,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As for the No. 1 slot next week, Michael Buble's To Be Loved seems to be a lock for a debut atop the list. It could shift perhaps 155,000 to 175,000 copies, garnering Buble his fourth No. 1 set.
Elsewhere in the top 10 next week, look for alternative rock band Phoenix to start in the top five with its latest album, Bankrupt! It's the fifth studio release for the band, and it could start with a career-best sales week of 50,000. It will also be the act's highest charting album, surpassing the No. 37 peak of 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
On SoundScan's Building chart, Buble is No. 1 while Fantasia is No. 2. 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: Phoenix is No. 3, followed by Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, Kid Cudi's Indicud and Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll at Nos. 4-6, respectively. Rob Zombie's new Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is No. 7, with Blake Shelton's Based On a True Story sitting at No. 8.
Closing out the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10 are the latest albums from will.i.am and Snoop Lion: #willpower and Reincarnated, respectively. Neither title is expected to start inside the final Billboard 200's top 10 next Wednesday.
Watch below, after performing during the results show of this season's American Idol in April, Fantasia talks to THR about her own journey on the show: