Andrea Bocelli On Track for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Si'
10/30/2018 by Keith Caulfield Andrea Bocelli will likely earn his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest his new studio effort, Si -- which was released on Oct. 26 via Sugar/Decca Records -- could launch atop the tally with around 125,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 1.
Bocelli has previously notched eight top 10 albums, two of which peaked at No. 2.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multimetric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the Nov. 10-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Si could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 4.
If Si starts at No. 1, it will tally the first leader for Bocelli in his 20-plus-year career on the Billboard 200. He first reached the chart on Dec. 20, 1997 with Romanza, which eventually peaked at No. 35 the following December. In total, Bocelli has claimed eight top 10 efforts, with two of those reaching No. 2: Passione (one week at No. 2 in 2013) and My Christmas (five weeks at No. 2 in 2009).
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Si features collaborations with Josh Groban, Dua Lipa, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, Ed Sheeran and Bocelli’s 21-year-old son Matteo Bocelli. (Groban, Lipa and Sheeran all sing in Italian on Si.) The mostly all-Italian-language album also benefits from a variety of available configurations of the set, including an edition of the album with Spanish-language versions of seven songs.
Si’s first week will also get a boost from sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer tied to a series of Bocelli shows in 2018 and early 2019.
Bocelli’s Si will likely bump the chart’s current champ, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack, down to No. 2 in its fourth week on the tally. The album spent its first three weeks at No. 1.
Also on track for sizable bows on next week’s chart: Tory Lanez’s Love Me Now and Joji’s Ballads 1. Both titles could launch with around 40,000 units earned.https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... lboard-200