Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Charthttps://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... lboard-200
4/17/2018 by Keith Caulfield
Country star Jason Aldean is set to bow atop next week’s Billboard 200 chart with his latest album, Rearview Town, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest the set, which was released on April 13 via Macon/Broken Bow Records, could launch with around 180,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 19. If the set starts at No. 1, it will mark his fourth straight leader.
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 April 28-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Aldean will likely debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, April 22.
Aldean saw his last album, 2016’s They Don’t Know, bow at No. 1 with 138,000 units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. His previous two sets, 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt and 2012’s Night Train, both started at No. 1 with 278,000 and 409,000 in traditional album sales (before the Billboard 200 transitioned to a consumption units-based ranking at the end of 2014).
Aldean’s new album is getting a boost in from sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour, which starts on May 10.
Other albums aiming for high entries on next week’s chart include Breaking Benjamin’s Ember (with around 80,000 units), John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness (over 40,000) and Pentatonix’s PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1 (over 30,000). All three albums are, like Rearview Town, benefiting from ticket/album sale redemption offers.