Bon Jovi May Get #1 On Billboard 200 Instead Of David Bowie
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.16.2013
It's neck and neck...
While it was expected that David Bowie would get #1 on the Billboard 200, Billboard reports that Bon Jovi is actually expected to pull ahead with What About Now selling just under 90,000. The Building Chart shows different because it only reflects the first four days of the track week, when Bowie was ahead in sales. Bowie's The Next Day is expected to sell around 80,000 and get #2.
This is Bowie's first album since 2003 and #2 will be his bset rank ever, behind 1976's Station to Station, which got #3. It will also be his best sales week since 1991, as he's never sold more than 55,000 in a week for a single album. His last album, 2002's Heathen, debuted at #14. Bowie has had no press for the album and no promotion except for two music videos.
Other debuts include Passion: Let the Future Begin (40,000), Mindless Behavior, Eric Clapton and the Sound City sound track (all around 35,000).
Here are the predicted top ten, with last week's rank in parenthesis:
1. David Bowie - The Next Day (NEW)
2. Bon Jovi - What About Now (NEW)
3. Luke Bryan - Spring Break...Here To Party (#1)
4. Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack (NEW)
5. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (#3)
6. Mindless Behavior - All Around The World (NEW)
7. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (#8)
8. Eric Clapton - Old Sock (NEW)
9. Pink - The Truth About Love (#12)
10. Mumford & Sons - Babel (#4)
It should be noted that the Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.