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The Band Perry’s sophomore album, Pioneer, is on course for a No. 2 bow and Tyler, the Creator’s Wolf could start at No. 3. The albums may sell a respective 110,000 and 80,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 7 (so say industry forecasters).
The arrivals will represent career-highs for each act — both in sales and chart position.
The Band Perry’s self-titled debut bowed and peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with 53,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The country trio’s smash set has gone on to sell 1.5 million in the U.S. and was the No. 6 best-selling country album of 2011. Tyler, the Creator’s last release, Goblin, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 off a 45,000 start.
Meanwhile, Timberlake’s 20/20 could sell around 150,000 copies. If it holds at No. 1, it will be the first album by a male artist to spend its first three weeks on the chart at No. 1 since 2010. Eminem’s Recovery was the last to do so — holding atop the list for its first five weeks (July 10 – Aug. 7).
The returning New Kids on the Block should see their tenth album, fittingly titled 10, debut in the top 10 with around 45,000. Their last studio release was 2008’s The Block, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 off a 95,000 launch. They then returned in 2011 with the collaborative greatest hits album NKOTBSB (with Backstreet Boys). It bowed at No. 7 with 40,000.
The final top 10 bow next week could come from rock band Killswitch Engage’s Disarm the Descent. The set may move around 45,000 and secure the act its second top 10. It follows 2009’s self-titled release, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 58,000.
On SoundScan’s Building chart, Timberlake is No. 1 while the Band Perry and Tyler, the Creator are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. 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: Blake Shelton‘s Based on a True Story is No. 4, followed by New Kids on the Block’s 10, Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being II and Killswitch Engage at Nos. 5-7. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions is No. 8, P!nk’s The Truth About Love is No. 9 and Bruno Mars‘ Unorthodox Jukebox is No. 10.
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