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Country star Taylor Swift set to rule album chart

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Country sensation Taylor Swift is on course to earn her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart when data are released next Wednesday.

Universal Music Group, which is distributing “Fearless,” is projecting that it could move upwards of 600,000 copies by the close of business on Sunday. That would easily rank as the best sales week for a country album this year.

Other albums set to debut within the top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week include “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta’s self-titled debut, hip-hop star T-Pain’s “Thr33 Ringz,” the “Now 29” compilation, and Irish singer Enya’s “And Winter Came...”

Swift, 18, is already in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 with her self-titled 2006 debut, which peaked at No. 5.