We're heading into the home stretch of 2010 this week as the final big new album releases of the year reached retail on Tuesday (21). None of them, however, are aiming for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 next week. It would seem Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" will likely hold at the top, while Susan Boyle's "The Gift" will probably reside at No. 2.
Industry prognosticators think Cole could sell around 130,000 by week's end on Sunday, Dec. 26, while Foxx is looking to move about 120,000. Hilson's set may sell 80,000.
Foxx's last release, 2008's "Intuition," started at No. 3 with 265,000, while Cole's previous offering, "A Different Me," bowed the same week as "Intuition" at No. 2 with 322,000. (Beating both acts that week was the non-moving "Fearless" by Taylor Swift, which was in its third non-consecutive week atop the list, selling 330,000.)
Hilson's last album was her debut set, "In a Perfect World," which entered at No. 4 in April of 2009 with 94,000.
Cole, Foxx and Hilson are the last of the big names dropping new albums for at least a couple weeks. Presently, it's looking like the next significant release could come on January 11, when Cage the Elephant's "Thank You Happy Birthday" streets. While the alternative act's 2009 self-titled debut only peaked at No. 67, it spent 70 weeks on the chart. This week, the forthcoming album's first single, "Shake Me Down," moves up to No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart and No. 11 on Rock Songs.