Eli Young Band's Long Road to Country Songs No. 1
Eli Young Band's Long Road to Country Songs No. 1

On the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, look for Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" to retain the No. 1 slot, while country act Eli Young Band's "Life at Best" is aiming to be the list's top debut.

Industry prognosticators suggest that "Life" could sell around 30,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Aug. 21. "Throne" will easily stay at No. 1 with perhaps 140,000-150,000. Eli Young Band's last full-length set, 2008's "Jet Black & Jealous," debuted and peaked at No. 30 with a then-best sales week of 16,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's likely Eli Young Band could be the only new arrival in the top 10, though there's a chance Blue October's new "Any Man in America" could hit the edge of the region. It was yesterday's (Aug. 16) daily deal in the AmazonMP3 store, where it was priced at $3.99.

The next-highest bow could come from Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges with his self-titled debut set. It could start in the top 40.