LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Country star Kenny Chesney is set to capture his sixth No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart next week, with industry prognosticators suggesting he could sell 180,000 to 200,000 copies of “Hemingway’s Whiskey” by week’s end on Sunday.
Chesney’s last studio album, 2008’s “Lucky Old Sun,” bowed at No. 1 with 176,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The only country star with more No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 is Garth Brooks with eight.
The No. 2 debut next week will likely come from Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being,” which is currently only available to purchase digitally and will perhaps sell around 100,000 downloads. The physical version of the jailed rapper’s set, with three additional tracks, comes out on October 12.
Other new releases in the mix when the Billboard 200 is released on Wednesday include Gucci Mane’s “The Appeal,” Jimmy Eat World’s “Invented” and Eric Clapton’s “Clapton.”
The current Billboard 200 champ is Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give,” which sold 153,000 copies during the week ended September 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan.