It’s been four years since Denver rockers [artist id="1946832"]the Fray[/artist] released their debut album, but clearly their fans have not forgotten the “How to Save a Life” group. The band’s self-titled second album will debut at the top of the Billboard albums chart next week with sales of 179,300, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That top debut will push [artist id="975"]Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band[/artist]‘s Working on a Dream — which held the spot for just one week — down to #2 with sales of 101,600, a 55 percent slide. Country singer Dierks Bentley will debut at #3 with Feel That Fire, which sold 71,200 copies.
The rest of the top 10 is mostly full of the usual suspects, once again. [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] will continue her strong chart run with Fearless, sliding down to #4 with another 63,900 moved, enough to push her over the 2.5 million mark. She’s followed by [artist id="3143372"]Beyoncé[/artist]‘s I Am … Sasha Fierce (#5, 51,400), [artist id="760446"]Nickelback[/artist]‘s Dark Horse (#6, 47,300), new entry Kidz Bop 15 (#7, 38,400), [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist]‘s Intuition (#8, 36,600), [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]‘s 808s & Heartbreak (#9, 33,900) and [artist id="1244412"]Keyshia Cole[/artist]‘s Different Me (#10, 33,600).
Further down the chart, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus debut at #14 with 26,000 copies sold of Lonely Road. Florida melodic metalcore rockers A Day to Remember pop in at #21 with sales of 21,700 of their third studio album, Homesick. Best New Artist Grammy winner Adele’s debut, 19, jumps 29 spots to #27 on sales of nearly 17,900, and she’ll likely see an even bigger jump next week. [artist id="2476941"]Adele[/artist]‘s iTunes live EP, iTunes Live From Soho, will debut at #105 with sales of 6,300.
Another Best New Artist nominee, fellow British crooner [artist id="2998905"]Duffy[/artist], saw a double-digit percentage leap for Rockferry, which was boosted to #53 with sales of 11,500. A number of other Grammy-winnings artists were helped by the awards show, including [artist id="1111141"]Coldplay[/artist] (#31, 16,700), Leona Lewis (#42, 12,700) and Jennifer Hudson (#47, 12,100). Expect Album of the Year winner Raising Sand from [artist id="2903935"]Robert Plant and Alison Krauss[/artist] to have another huge bump next week. Sand flies back onto the charts at #68 thanks to about 9,400 new converts, a 286 percent increase from the previous week.
Elsewhere on the chart, “American Idol” season-six third-place finalist Melinda Doolittle‘s full length debut, It’s Your Love, will land at #58 in its first week with close to 10,900 units moved. Franz Ferdinand‘s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand nose-dives 50 spots after last week’s top 10 debut, down to #59 with 10,700 in sales. Cannibal Corpse bring their Evisceration Plague in at #91 with 7,500, and just a few customers behind is the latest from Ben Kweller, the country-tinged Changing Horses at #92. Indie darlings Heartless Bastards debut at #150 with sales of 4,200 for Mountains.
The top 10 might get shaken up a bit next week by new albums from Lily Allen, “Saturday Night Live” viral faves Lonely Island and the latest from Bobby Valentino.