One Direction's 'Four' Heading for 400,000-Plus Debut

Sony Music
One Direction

1D set for second-largest sales week of 2014.

Pop group One Direction is on course for its fourth No. 1 album in less than three years, as Four is set to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week.

Industry sources suggest the album could sell over 420,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23. If Four sells as expected, it would secure the second-largest sales week of 2014, behind only Taylor Swift's 1.287 million bow with 1989.

One Direction's likely No. 1 bow will be announced on Nov. 26. Until then, the latest Billboard 200 chart, reflecting the sales week ending Nov. 16, will be unveiled on Nov. 19. It is presumed Swift's 1989 will lead for a third straight week.

One Direction's new album was released on Nov. 17 through SYCO/Columbia Records, and is the vocal quintet's fourth studio release. It follows the No. 1-debuting albums Up All Night (released in 2012), Take Me Home (2012) and Midnight Memories (2013). The latter album arrived atop the list with 546,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the largest sales week for One Direction.