Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color” on Track for Number One Spot on “Billboard” 200

Credit: Brantley GutierrezAlabama Shakes' Sound & Color is on pace to grab the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Industry forecasters tell Billboard that the band's sophomore effort may move more than 90,000 equivalent album units for the week ending April 26. The official Billboard 200 ranking will be revealed on April 29.

Sound & Color is Alabama Shake's followup to their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and boasted a Grammy-nominated single in "Hold On." For their sophomore album, Alabama Shakes decided to, well, shake things up by adding elements of psychedelic rock, soul and funk to their southern rock sound.

"It's a bit far-out," frontwoman Brittany Howard told Rolling Stone of Sound & Color. "When it came time to gather all the songs, we thought, 'What kind of record is this?' And we said, 'Very strange.' But I love it."

Alabama Shakes will be bringing Sound & Color across North America starting May 28 in St. Louis. The band also will be active participants in the summer festival season with appearances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza lined up.


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