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Pearl Jam Expected to Score Fifth #1 "Billboard" Debut with "Lightning Bolt"

Image courtesy of PearlJam.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of PearlJam.com (via ABC News Radio)

Pearl Jam ’s Lightning Bolt is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 170,000 to 180,000 units. 

If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s fifth album to debut in the #1 chart position. The group first topped the chart with 1993’s Vs. , then continued to score #1 debuts with 1994’s Vitalogy , 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer , the latter of which sold 189,000 copies its first week out.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

Pearl Jam will be performing tracks from Lightning Bolt during a week-long tribute by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next week.  The series of shows will take place Monday through Friday, and will include performances from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell , members of The Avett Brothers , Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold, and country star Dierks Bentley .

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