Game's 'R.E.D.' Could Make Kanye & Jay-Z Blue Next Week
The Game might be seeing red next week at the top of the Billboard 200. Industry prognosticators suggest that the rapper's new "The R.E.D. Album" (Geffen/Interscope) could sell more than 90,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 28.
If the set does hit No. 1, it will mark Game's third topper following 2005's "The Documentary" and 2007's "Doctor's Advocate." His last album, "LAX," started at No. 2 in 2008 with 239,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Pop icon Barbra Streisand could be the next biggest arrival on the Billboard 200, as her "What Matters Most" may launch with 70,000 to 80,000 copies.
Her last album, 2009's "Love Is the Answer," was a surprise No. 1 debut, bowing with 180,000 -- her best sales week since 1997. However, "Love's" handsome bow was bolstered by a half-hour chat and performance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," along with appearances on CBS' "Sunday Morning" and NBC's "Today." "What Matters" doesn't have the opportunity to benefit from the now-off-the-air "Oprah."
Country star Miranda Lambert's new side project, Pistol Annies, may see its "Hell on Heels" debut start in the top 10 as well, with perhaps 30,000 to 40,000 copies. The trio comprises Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.