LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Justin Bieber will likely lead the U.S. pop album chart for a third non-consecutive week when data are released next Wednesday.
The Canadian teen idol’s “My World 2.0,” which reclaimed the top spot last week, is on track to hit 80,000 copies for the week ended Sunday evening, sources said.
The biggest new entry should come in the form of New York electronic-rock duo MGMT’s second album “Congratulations,” which could sell between 65,000 and 75,000 copies. It could start as high as No. 2, depending on how much of a decline Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond” — currently No. 2 this week — experiences in its third chart week. (A No. 1 debut is a possibility for MGMT, but again, it depends on if Bieber’s “My World 2.0” collapses harder than expected.)
Even if MGMT’s set finishes the week at the lower end of expectations, it will easily be the best week ever for the act. Its first album, “Oracular Spectacular,” never sold more than 17,000 in a week and topped out at No. 38 on the chart.
The next biggest debut on the list will likely belong to Coheed and Cambria’s “Year of the Black Rainbow,” with sales in the 50,000-60,000 range. The act’s last album “No World For Tomorrow” debuted at No. 6 with 62,000 in October 2007.