Timberlake's latest could be the first album since Taylor Swift's "Red" to spend its first three weeks at No. 1.
It looks like Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" will spend a third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. The set could sell in the range of 150,000 to 170,000, Billboard estimates, based on the sales patterns of the last couple albums that debuted with a half-million or more.
We'll have a more exact sales projection for "20/20" in the next day or two. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, April 10.
If "20/20" holds for a third week at No. 1, it will be the first set to spend its first three weeks at the top since "Red" did so on the charts dated Nov. 10 through Nov. 24, 2012. ("Red" then left the top slot for three weeks, only to return for another four-week engagement at No. 1.)
The last male artist to rule for his first three weeks was nearly three years ago, when Eminem's "Recovery" spent its first three frames at No. 1 (July 10 through July 24, 2010).
Next week's top debut should be country trio The Band Perry with its "Pioneer" album. The act's second set might sell around 110,000, according to industry sources, and bow at No. 2. Their self-titled debut debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with 53,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The smash set has gone on to sell 1.5 million in the U.S. and was the No. 6 best-selling country album of 2011.
The second-highest entry next week could come from Tyler, the Creator with his second studio album, "Wolf." It may shift around 75,000 to 80,000 copies. His last set, "Goblin," debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 off a 45,000 start.
Other albums aiming for a top 10 start include New Kids on the Block's "10" (50,000) and Killswitch Engage's "Disarm the Descent" (45,000).