Madonna is set to debut at #1 on Billboard 200 charts with sales ranging from 100K-110K (without Streams) by the end of this week. Nielsen Soundscan end sale count every Sunday at 11:59p.m. If Madonna opens atop the list, it will mark her ninth No. 1, stretching back to 1984’s Like a Virgin. She last led the chart with her previous studio album, 2012’s MDNA. (Among all women, Madonna has the second-most No. 1s, behind only Barbra Streisand, with 10.). Madonna is the Best selling female artist of all time with over 300 million records sold worldwide.
‘Empire’ Original Soundtrack from Season 1 is expected to sell 90K-100K albums in the first week. This album is expected to debut at #2 on Billboard 200 album chart. Considering the fact that these artist are strangers to Billboard 200 (with an exception of a few artist), #2 is absolutely great for this soundtrack. With great streams, this album has a strong chance of debuting on #1 on Billboard, surpassing Madonna. If Empire bows at No. 1, it will be the first TV soundtrack to hit No. 1 since 2010, when Glee, the Music: Journey to Regionals debuted atop the tally (dated June 26, 2010). Like Empire, Glee airs on Fox (at least for two more episodes).
Stay tune to find out who takes the top spot.