Sara Bareilles Heading for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200
Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is heading for No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with her new album, The Blessed Unrest. Industry sources say the set should sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 21.
Blocking her from the top slot will be Jay Z, who will see his Magna Carta Holy Grail reign for a second week. It might move around 115,000, or so. The album debuted at No. 1 with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of July 24.
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Bareilles' last full-length studio album, 2010's Kaleidoscope Heart, debuted at No. 1 with a start of 90,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The popular Kidz Bop franchise will tally another top 10 album as well next week. Its new Kidz Bop 24 should start at No. 3 with about 60,000. There's a slight chance it could bump Bareilles out of the runner-up slot, as both albums are within striking distance of one another.
Kidz Bop 24 will mark the 17th top 10 album for the long-running series of child-friendly albums.
Rapper Ace Hood should nab his second top 10 album next week, as Trials & Tribulations is set to bow with around 30,000. His last release was his first top 10, as 2011's Blood Sweat + Tears debuted and peaked at No. 8.
16-year old Cody Simpson is on his way to his first top 10 album, as Surfers Paradise is aiming to ride in with about 30,000. He's charted two previous efforts: 2011's Coast to Coast EP (No. 12) and 2012's Paradise (No. 27).
On SoundScan's Building chart, Jay Z is No. 1, followed by Bareilles, "Kidz Bop 24," Hood and Simpson, respectively, at Nos. 2-5. 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 top 10: Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times is No. 6, J. Cole's Born Sinner is No. 7 and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is No. 8. Rounding out the top 10 are Imagine Dragons' Night Visions at No. 9 and Matt Nathanson's new Last of the Great Pretenders at No. 10.