Adele's "21" likely to top Billboard 200 next week

Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:04pm EST

Singer Adele performs at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Singer Adele performs at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2009.

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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The odds are pretty great that Adele's "21" will score the British singer her first No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart.

Industry prognosticators suggest that the singer's sophomore effort may sell as many as 275,000 to 300,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, February 27. That figure would instantly mark not just her best ever week, but the biggest sales week for an album since the Christmas frame last December.

"21's" current single, "Rolling in the Deep," rises to No. 26 from No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week -- verging on surpassing the peak of her only previous Hot 100 hit: 2009's "Chasing Pavements" (No. 21).

Adele, who took home the best new artist Grammy award in 2009, reached No. 10 with her debut set, "19." It has spent a total of 70 weeks on the tally and has shifted 930,000 copies in the U.S, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Adele made history this past week in the U.K., where she became the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts.

After Adele, it looks like the next-highest new entry on the Billboard 200 could come from either Bayside's "Killing Time" or Patrick Stump's "Truant Wave." Justin Bieber's current No. 1, "Never Say Never: the Remixes," will likely slip to No. 2.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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