Stone Temple Pilots could fly highest on US chart

Wed May 26, 2010 11:08pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The good news for Stone Temple Pilots is that the band's first studio album in nine years will be the highest debut on the U.S. pop chart next week.

The bad news is that it will likely sell only 60,000-70,000 copies, industry prognosticators say.

Still, that might be enough to dislodge current Billboard 200 champ, "Glee - The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers," which opened at No. 1 Wednesday with sales of 136,000 units last week.

Stone Temple Pilots' self-titled album marks the follow-up to 2001's "Shangri-La Dee Da" which opened at No. 9 with 98,000 copies. Before that, "No. 4" bowed at No. 6 with 120,500 units in 1999. Meanwhile, "Purple" (1994, No. 1) and "Tiny Music ... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop" (1996, No. 4) averaged opening-week sales of more than 207,000 copies.

The second-highest debut could be the "Sex and the City 2" soundtrack, which may sell around 30,000 copies. With the film bowing in theaters Thursday, that number could grow. The soundtrack for the first film opened at No. 2 with 66,000 copies two years ago.

Other sets expected to debut high on the Billboard 200 next week include Marc Anthony's "Iconos" and Widespread Panic's "Dirty Side Down."

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