One Direction Looking to Take Home No. 1 with Half-Million Debut
One Direction's "Take Me Home" is headed for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with a likely monster sales figure.
Industry sources are forecasting the SYCO/Columbia set could sell over 500,000 copies in the U.S. by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 18. At the present, the best-case scenario sees the album shifting upwards of 575,000.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 21.
"Take Me Home" is the U.K. vocal group's second album, and follows its "Up All Night" debut, which started atop the Billboard 200 dated March 31 with 176,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That set marked the first time a U.K. group's debut album bowed at No. 1 in the history of the chart.
"Up All Night" is currently the third-biggest selling album of 2012 in the U.S., with 1.35 million sold. One Direction has a chance of finishing the year with two of the year's top 10 best-sellers, if "Take Me Home" performs solidly through Christmas.
Other albums that were released this week (Tuesday, Nov. 13) that look to impact the top of the Billboard 200 next week include: Green Day's "¡Dos!," Christina Aguilera's "Lotus," the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack, the Weeknd's "Trilogy" and Lana Del Rey's "Paradise."