The hot-selling Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack is battling the new Now 51 compilation for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.
Industry forecasters suggest the Awesome album could sell just over 100,000 in the week ending Aug. 10, while the Now 51 set is also aiming for sell around that many copies. (On Wednesday, Aug. 6, sources were projecting Now 51 to finish atop the tally, but it was too early -- at that point -- to estimate Awesome's potential sales.)
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The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
It would be the second week on the chart for the Awesome album, which debuted at No. 3 with a bigger-than-expected 60,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
If Awesome hits No. 1, it will mark the second soundtrack to reach No. 1 this year, following Frozen. Both albums were released by the Disney Music Group: Awesome on Marvel/Hollywood Records, and Frozen on Walt Disney Records.
Both the Awesome and Frozen albums also currently sit in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 (Nos. 3 and 6, respectively), giving the Disney Music Group (DMG) two concurrent top 10 sets for the first time in a year. DMG last managed the feat on the chart dated Aug. 17, 2013 (with the Teen Beach Movie soundtrack on Walt Disney Records, and Selena Gomez's Stars Dance, on Hollywood Records).