Well, that was fast.
After a bright week where the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart defied expectations and sold more than 90,000 -- the Decemberists' "The King Is Dead" -- it looks like we're diving back to lackluster numbers next week.
Presently, industry prognosticators are thinking the No. 1 could possibly be the new "Grammy Nominees 2011" compilation, with maybe 35,000 to 40,000 copies sold by week's end on Jan. 30. Also in the running for a high entrance -- Iron & Wine's "Kiss Each Other Clean" (perhaps 35,000) and Amos Lee's "Mission Bell" (around 30,000).
An album that debuted on this past week's chart, "Kidz Bop 19," may see a soft second-week decline and threaten to hold at its debut slot -- No. 2. It started with 70,000.
A wild card in the mix is Wisin & Yandel's "Los Vaqueros: El Regreso," which could sell anywhere in the very wide range of 15,000 to 40,000. It's too early in the week to accurately project how the set will finish the week -- as it could register strong sales from Puerto Rico over the weekend.