Best Bets Albums, Josh Groban
For the moment, it seems as if Josh Groban will collect his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his latest release, "All That Echoes." It would follow his chart-toppers "Closer" (2004) and "Noel" (2007).
Industry sources forecast the new set to sell around 130,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Complicating matters is that little thing called the Grammy Awards, which will air on CBS on Feb. 10.
A number of acts are performing on the show -- including current top 10 residents Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and Bruno Mars. There's no telling what kind of immediate night-of-show sales impact any of their albums might see. Could those gains be enough to block Groban from No. 1? Stay tuned.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Other albums on tap for a high entry include Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" (his first studio set for Big Machine Records), the "Now 45" compilation and Red's "Release the Panic." McGraw's album could sell over 90,000 while the "Now 45" album might move 80,000.