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Linkin Park May Put Three Albums in This Week's Top Ten

by VVN Music

They did it in England and, now, Linkin Park looks like they could send three albums into the U.S. top ten next week.

The death of Chester Bennington created huge demand for both the band's latest album, One More Light, and much of their back catalog.  On the U.K. Albums chart, which was released yesterday, the set was at number 5 while their 2000 album Hybrid Theory was at 4 and 2003's Meteora sat at 7.

A similar scenario may be playing out in the U.S. according to the site Hits Daily Double who has projected the Album Sales along with Sales Plus Streaming numbers for the past week.

In pure sales, One More Light pushed an estimated 30,000 copies, up 255% from the week before, making it the fifth biggest selling album of the week, followed by Hybrid Theory (#9, 20,000 estimated sales, up 222%) and Meteora (#11, 14,000 sales, up 200%).

Throw in streaming, which is used for the Billboard 200, and all of the album's number increase fairly dramatically. One More Light registers almost 46,000 units, indicating about 24 million song streams, leaving it at number 6 for the week. Meteora gets the biggest bound up to 45,000 units on an estimated 46.5 million song streams for number 7 and Hybrid Theory sits at 9 with 41,000 units which includes 31.5 million song streams.

1,500 songs streams is considered the equivalent of one album unit.

After two weeks at number 1, Jay-Z's 4:44 is looking to drop to around number 8 with 26,000 in sales and 44,000 when streaming is added.

The Nine Inch Nails EP Add Violence, which has so far only been released as a download, is estimated to have moved 13,500 copies for number 12 on Hits' Album Sales list while it drops all the way to number 34 when streaming is added with a total of 15,400 copies, indicating only about 2,800,000 streams over the week.

Country's Sara Evans did well sales wise, moving just over 9,000 copies of her new album Words, putting her at 16 on the Sales only chart, but when streams were added, she fell out of the top 50. The same goes for Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley whose Stony Hill is at 28 in Sales-Only with an estimated 6,400 copies sold but little streaming support.

Final positions are out on Tuesday.