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Chris Brown is looking to get his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as his new "Fortune" set is headed for the top. Industry sources suggest that the album -- his fifth studio release -- will sell around 125,000 to 140,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 8.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, July 11.
"Fortune" was released on Tuesday, July 3 and follows his last studio set -- and first No. 1 -- "F.A.M.E." It arrived atop the list with 270,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Fortune's" sales debut should be about on par with what Usher's recent "Looking 4 Myself" started with. The latter bowed at No. 1 three weeks ago, selling 128,000. That also was a big drop-off compared to the start of his previous release: "Raymond v Raymond" debuted at No. 1 in 2010 with 329,000.
"Fortune" was initially slated for a May 8 bow, but was pushed back to July 3 in late April. Five singles from the album have been released so far, led by "Strip," which came out in late 2011. The song reached No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but none of its follow-up tracks have yet hit the top 10. "Sweet Love" has topped out at No. 27 while "Till I Die" rises 37-27 this week.
Over on the all-format Billboard Hot 100 chart, the album's pop/dance track "Turn Up the Music" debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the March 3 chart. Its strong start was fueled by robust first-week sales registered after Brown's performance of the song on the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. However, in terms of radio airplay, the cut peaked at No. 18 on the Pop Songs chart (which ranks the most played songs on mainstream top 40 radio).
A second top 40-focused track, "Don't Wake Me Up," was recently sent to radio stations and may debut on the Pop Songs tally in the next week or two. Brown performed the song on the BET Awards, which aired on Sunday, July 1.