Recent Billboard magazine cover man Mac Miller is on his way to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his debut effort, “Blue Slide Park,” should easily top the list next week. Industry sources suggest the set will sell upwards of 180,000 copies by Nov. 13.
The Rostrum Records release is distributed by INgrooves via Fontana Distribution, Universal Music Group Distribution’s indie arm.
If “Blue Slide Park” bows atop the list, it will mark the first independently-distributed debut album to hit No. 1 since 1995. The last (and only previous) was Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food.” It started in the penthouse on the chart dated Nov. 18, 1995, with 278,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Dogg Food” was released on Death Row/Interscope, but independently distributed via Priority.
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Also on tap for top 10 debuts next week is the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” soundtrack with around 90,000 to 110,000 sold. The new “Now 40” compilation could start with around 100,000 as well, while Aventura member Romeo Santos’ debut solo album, “Formula Vol. 1,” may shift 60,000 copies.
The last “Twilight” soundtrack, “Eclipse,” entered the tally on June 26, 2010, at No. 2 with 146,000. The previous “Now” album (“Now 39”) debuted and peaked at No. 3 in August with a 110,000 start.