Coldplay is aiming to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their latest effort, A Head Full of Dreams.
Industry sources suggest the album, which was released through Parlophone/Atlantic on Dec. 4, could shift around 200,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 10.
The rock band will likely be blocked from the top slot by Adele’s 25, which is looking to rule for a third straight week by a mighty margin. It could sell over 650,000 in pure album sales for the week, with its equivalent album unit total larger.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Dec. 26-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s Web sites on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Coldplay’s previous four studio albums all debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: Ghost Stories (in 2014), Mylo Xyloto (2011), Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends (2008) and X&Y (2005). Before that, their second studio set A Rush of Blood to the Head hit No. 5 in 2002, and their debut effort Parachutes topped out at No. 51 in 2001.
Other albums heading for a top 10 start on the new Billboard 200 include G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out (with perhaps around 125,000 units), Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood (65,000 units) and Rick Ross’ Black Market (60,000 units).