Justin Bieber to Unwrap No. 1 Album With 'Under the Mistletoe'
Justin Bieber's first holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, is about to decorate the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the singer's set could sell 200,000 to 220,000 by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 6.
On SoundScan's Building chart below -- a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking -- reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants, Bieber is at No. 1, while rapper Wale is firmly in second place with his new Ambition.
Those in the know are thinking that Wale may sell upwards of 160,000 to 175,000 and is a safe bet for a No. 2 arrival on the Billboard 200 next Wednesday (Nov. 9). His last album, Attention Deficit, spent just two weeks on the list, peaking at No. 21. The new set's current single, "That Way," is in its fourth non-consecutive week at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Three more new releases fill out the top five of SoundScan's Building Chart at Nos. 3-5, respectively: Miranda Lambert's Four the Record, Florence + the Machine's Ceremonials and Susan Boyle's Someone to Watch Over Me.
While currently it appears that Boyle is behind both Lambert and Florence, sources are theorizing that Someone will debut ahead of them both, with around 145,000 sold. Lambert and Florence, on the other hand, are tracking to do maybe 130,000 and 90,000, respectively. Of course, if either of the latter two albums have a sizzling weekend at retail, they could come in ahead of Boyle next week. We'll have to wait and see.
While the Building chart boasts an entire top five made up of debuts, the likeliness of that happening is rather small. Adele's 21 will probably sell around 100,000, which should place it ahead of Florence's Ceremonials. This past week's No. 1 debut, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, should also hold in the top five -- with perhaps 130,000 to 160,000.
As for the rest of the Building chart, the previously mentioned Coldplay and Adele are found at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, while Tyrese's new Open Invitation is in the No. 8 slot. Two albums that debuted this past week, Michael Buble's Christmas and Kelly Clarkson's Stronger, hold down the Nos. 9 and 10 positions.