Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aim for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

Eric Clapton H 2013
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Eric Clapton H 2013

The legendary guitarist is heading for his 14th top 10 album, while YouTube phenom Mendes’ debut is set for a handsome bow.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, should debut in the top five of the chart next week.

Industry sources suggest the star-studded tribute set will sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 3. The album was released on July 29 on Clapton's own Bushbranch label, through Surfdog Records. (It is distributed by Warner Music’s independent distribution arm, Alternative Distribution Alliance.)

One of the guests on Clapton’s album, Tom Petty, looks like he’ll block Clapton from the top slot on the Billboard 200. Petty’s own new album with his band the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, is set to debut at No. 1 next week with around 100,000 sold. It will mark the act's first No. 1 album after nearly 37 years on the chart.

A significant chunk of Petty’s debut sales week will come from a successful album/concert ticket bundle offer. Petty’s last album, 2010's Mojo, was also supported by a similar promotion, which helped it sell 125,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also on tap for top 10 debut next week is Shawn Mendes' self-titled debut EP, which might move around 45,000. Mendes recently debuted and (so far) peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the EP's single "Life Of the Party."

Rock band Theory Of a Deadman could also nab its second top 10 album, as Savages could sell around 25,000 in its debut frame. The group tallied its first top 10 set with its last release, 2011’s The Truth Is…, which debuted and peaked at No. 8.

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