Justin Bieber seen topping next Billboard 200

Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:51pm EDT

Justin Bieber smiles during a photocall at a music store in London January 18, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Justin Bieber smiles during a photocall at a music store in London January 18, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - On next week's Billboard 200 album chart, look for Justin Bieber to claim his first No. 1, as "My World 2.0" is on track to open atop the list.

Industry watchers suggest the 16-year old singer's second album could sell around 250,000 copies by Sunday, March 28.

If that projection holds, it will easily be the singer's best sales week, besting the 157,000 copies his debut album sold over Christmas week of 2009. That set, titled "My World," peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and returned to the top 10 this week (No. 10 with 33,000, up 21 percent).

"My World 2.0's" first single, "Baby" (featuring Ludacris), became the young artist's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it debuted and peaked at No. 5 in February.

What other albums will join Bieber's "My World 2.0" next week in the debut parade? We'll see the "Now That's What I Call Music! 33" compilation start high in addition to Monica's "Still Standing."

Other sets looking for notable starts include She & Him's "Volume 2" and Goldfrapp's "Head First."

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: the "Now 30" compilation debuted at No. 1 with 146,000 and the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" soundtrack started at No. 2 with 139,000.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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