Dierks Bentley & Fifth Harmony Heading for Top 5 Debuts on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Dierks Bentley performs on ‘Today Show’ Citi Concert Series in New York on May 27, 2016.
Both Bentley & 5H may earn their highest-charting albums ever.
New albums from Dierks Bentley and Fifth Harmony are heading for top five debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that Bentley’s new Black album may earn over 90,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 2, while Fifth Harmony’s new 7/27 set could soar in with over 70,000 units.
The albums were released on May 27 through the Capitol Nashville and SYCO/Epic labels, respectively.
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 June 18-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Bentley and Fifth Harmony are slated to debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 5.
Bentley’s Black might start at No. 2 on the chart, behind Drake’s resilient Views, which may tally another 140,000-plus units for a fifth straight week at No. 1. As for Fifth Harmony, 7/27 may bow at No. 4, as Beyonce’s Lemonade could end up at No. 3 for the week with perhaps 80,000 units.
If Black debuts at No. 2, it would mark Bentley’s highest charting album yet, surpassing the No. 3 debut and peak of 2009’s Feel That Fire. Bentley has so far collected seven top 10 sets, with his last album, 2014’s Riser, peaking at No. 6 in its opening frame (63,000 copies sold in its first week). In addition, Black has a decent shot of tallying Bentley’s best sales week yet. If the album sells at least 83,000 copies in traditional album sales (which forecasters suggest is possible), then it would beat Bentley’s current sales high: 82,000 when Long Trip Alone debuted at No. 5 in 2006.
The new Black album was led by the single “Somewhere on a Beach,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, beginning April 30. It marked Bentley’s first No. 1 on the chart since 2012’s “5-1-5-0.”
As for Fifth Harmony, the girl group’s second full-length studio album, 7/27, will likely give the quintet its third top 10 set on the Billboard 200 — and possibly highest charting album yet.
The group previously visited the top 10 with their last release, 2015’s Reflection (debuting and peaking at No. 5 with 80,000 units earned in its first week; 62,000 in pure album sales) and 2013’s Better Together EP (No. 6).