As previously reported, it looks like pop superstar P!nk is on course for her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as her "The Truth About Love" is set for a chart-topping debut next week. Industry sources suggest that the set may move more than 230,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The Kanye West-presented compilation from G.O.O.D. Music, "Cruel Summer," is likely to bow in the No. 2 position with perhaps 190,000 copies sold.
Rock band the Killers will see its latest set, "Battle Born," possibly start in the No. 3 slot with around 110,000. The group's last studio release, 2008's "Day & Age," debuted and peaked at No. 6 with 193,000 sold in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Notably, "Day & Age" came out during the busy Thanksgiving holiday week that year, so its sales were naturally amplified as many customers were out and about shopping for Christmas gifts.
The Killers, like P!nk, have yet to claim a No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The Killers have previous snared top 10s with their first two studio albums "Hot Fuss" (No. 7) and "Sam's Town" (No. 2). They also grabbed a No. 12 placing for the b-sides collection "Sawdust" and a No. 85 peak for its "(Red) Christmas" EP.
"Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen should also debut in the top 10 with her new album "Kiss." Sources say that the effort could sell in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 copies. Jepsen currently owns the year's second-biggest selling digital song with "Call Me Maybe," as the cut has shifted 5.7 million. The year's best-seller is Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), with 6.4 million moved in 2012.
Rock quartet Grizzly Bear is on its way to a career-high week as its just-released "Shields" may sell over 40,000. The band's last album, 2009's "Veckatimest," currently owns the group's high-water sales mark, when it launched with 33,000 at No. 8.
Also looking for a top 10 debut? Country singer Easton Corbin, with "All Over the Road." The title may start with 30,000 or so copies, and a possible bow in the upper reaches of the tally.
On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), P!nk, "Cruel Summer" and the Killers are Nos. 1-3, 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: Dave Matthews Band's "Away From the World" is No. 4, followed by Little Big Town's "Tornado" and Jepsen's "Kiss." Easton Corbin is next up at No. 7, while Grizzly Bear's "Shields" and Avett Brothers' "The Carpenter" are Nos. 8 and 9. Closing out the top 10 is Band of Horses' new "Mirage Rock."
Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
BB 200 Artist Title
1 NEW P!nk "The Truth About Love"
2 NEW Various Artists "Cruel Summer"
3 NEW The Killers "Battle Born"
4 1 Dave Matthews Band "Away From the World"
5 2 Little Big Town "Tornado"
6 NEW Carly Rae Jepsen "Kiss"
7 NEW Grizzly Bear "Shields"
8 NEW Easton Corbin "All Over the Road"
9 4 The Avett Brothers "The Carpenter"
10 NEW Band of Horses "Mirage Rock"