A year ago next week, Susan Boyle was tops on the Billboard 200 chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream." And next week her second album "The Gift" (Syco/Sony Music) looks like it will make a return engagement to the top of the list.
Industry sources suggest that neither of the two biggest new releases this week -- the "Glee" cast's "Music, Volume 4" and the Black Eyed Peas' "The Beginning" -- is posing a threat to Boyle's return to No. 1. Her "Gift" bowed at No. 1 two weeks ago with 318,000 and spent a second week atop the list with 335,000 before slipping to No. 3 this week (263,000).
Prognosticators are projecting that "Glee" and BEP are both aiming to start with around 100,000 to 125,000 sold by week's end on Sunday, Dec. 5. For the Peas, that's off quite a bit from the arrival of their last album, "The E.N.D.," which gave the quartet its first No. 1 last year with a 304,000 unit start according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This past week's No. 1, Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" will likely drop from the top slot to perhaps somewhere around Nos. 4-6 region on the tally.