"Glee's" Madonna album eyes No. 1 on U.S. chart
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The kids from Fox TV's "Glee" could earn their first No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart next week with "The Power of Madonna" soundtrack.
The companion album from the show's same-named episode, which aired Tuesday to much fanfare, has a shot at selling in the range of 100,000 to 125,000 copies by week's end on May 1, according to industry prognosticators. Final data will be issued on Wednesday.
The best week for a "Glee" set was racked when its "Season One, The Music Volume 2" soundtrack began at No. 3 with 173,000 last December.
The week's other big debut -- the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack, which essentially doubles as the first-ever hits package by AC/DC -- should debut at either No. 2 or No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with between 75,000 and 100,000 copies. Sales will take a hit from the lack of availability at digital retailers. The rockers have yet to make their catalog available digitally.
Where AC/DC will ultimately debut also depends on the punch last Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards will have on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 3 this week with 65,000) and how reigning champ Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" (92,000) will fare. Other albums looking to make high entries on the Billboard 200 next week include Sevendust's "Cold Day Memory," Circa Survive's "Blue Sky Noise" and Jimmy Buffett's Wal-Mart-exclusive "Encores."