The late Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, will likely notch his highest charting album in more than 40 years on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry forecasters.
In the wake of the rock 'n' roll legend's death, his greatest hits album The Definitive Collection is on course to debut on the tally dated April 8, with perhaps around 10,000 to 15,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 23. That sum, up from a negligible amount, could enable the 30-song album (released in 2005) to debut somewhere inside the chart's top 50.
Berry was last higher on the list way back in early 1973, when his album The London Chuck Berry Sessions wrapped a chart run after peaking at No. 8 the previous year. (The set sports his lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, 1972's novelty track "My Ding-a-Ling.")
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 April 8-dated Billboard 200 chart (where The Definitive Collection is slated to debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard's websites on Sunday, March 26.