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Drake's 'Take Care' Cruising to 700,000-Plus Debut
It should surprise nobody, but Drake's second full-length studio album, "Take Care," is on its way to a monster debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 725,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 20.
"Care" may rack up the third-largest sales week of 2011, after Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" debut (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" start (964,000).
Drake's first album, last year's "Thank Me Later," started at No. 1 with 447,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 3, 2010. He previously charted with the "So Far Gone" (EP) in October 2009, which topped out at No. 6.
Also on tap for possible debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week: Childish Gambino's "Camp" and "Glee, the Music: The Christmas Album Volume 2." The latter may sell around 70,000 while "Camp" could shift perhaps 50,000.
Andrea Bocelli's new live set, "Concerto: One Night In Central Park," could make a top 10 arrival as well. The album features guest turns from Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and David Foster, and was recorded during Bocelli's free show on Sept. 15 at the New York City venue's great lawn.