Sugarland Joins Kings of Leon Atop Billboard 200
With the release of their much anticipated fourth studio set, “The Incredible Machine” yesterday, Sugarland is poised to take the top spot at the end of this week at the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart, if predictions made by industry insiders will pan out.
A projected first week turnaround of 210,000 to 220,000 copies of the said album will propel the country duo to the peak of the charts and by the looks of it, they might be on their way to do so especially that the duo has a history of top selling albums such as their 2008 release “Love On the Inside” and its live version, “Live on the Inside” which was available exclusively at Walmart outlets last year. Both releases scored high at the charts with the 2009 set debuting at second spot after moving 313,000 copies and eventually peaking at the top after it sold 171,000 more copies the following week.
Closely trailing behind the country duo is rock quartet Kings of Leon with their fifth and newest release “Come Around Sundown”. Insiders predict a first week sale of around 180,000 to 190,000 copies which could also propel the “Use Somebody” rockers to the top of the charts if Sugarland’s “Incredible Machine” does not do an incredible job at the charts.
“Come Around Sundown” is the band’s follow-up to “Only by the Night” which was released in 2008 and sprung the hits “Use Somebody”, “Revelry” and “Sex on Fire”. The release debuted at no.5 then reached a peak position of no.4 but only after a year of being in the market when “Use Somebody” became a constant airplay entry among radio and music channels.
Aside from Sugarland and Kings of Leon, Glee’s OST to its “Rocky Horror” tribute episode is also shaping to be a top album contender in the Billboard 200, as well as “Union” by Elton John and Leon Russell, “Sale el Sol” by Colombian hip-shaker Shakira and “Fly Me to the Moon – The Great American Songbook V” by sexagenarian rocker Rod Stewart.