After weeks of relatively few new major album releases, yesterday (Jan. 24) brought a bevy of titles to market that are aiming for the top of next week's Billboard 200 chart.
While Adele's "21" seems set to spend an 18th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, so say industry sources, Tim McGraw's "Emotional Traffic" could drive in at No. 2 on the list. Those in the know suggest the album may sell around 60,000 to 65,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Jan. 29.
The new effort is his last for Curb Records, after a judge ruled in November that McGraw was free to record for another label (or his own) without Curb's involvement. The label had been his home for his entire two-decades-plus career.
Elsewhere on next week's chart, look for Rock band Lamb of God to debut in either the Nos. 3 or 4 slots, as its "Resolution" is aiming to sell around 50,000 copies. After that, the next-biggest new entry may be the "Grammy Nominees 2012" compilation. The latest installment in the long-running series is on course to sell around 50,000 as well.
Other albums looking to make high debuts next week include Ingrid Michaelson's "Human Again," Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof," Kari Jobe's "Where I Find You" and Seal's "Soul 2."
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 1.