A familiar face will likely crown the Billboard 200 albums chart next week; all signs point to Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" easily holding for a second week atop the list, with perhaps 350,000 sold by week's end on Nov. 7, according to industry sources.
Jason Aldean's fourth studio album, "My Kinda Party," seems to be on track for a big start, with maybe as much as 200,000. That would instantly mark his best sales week yet and, with it aiming for a No. 2 debut, a new peak on the list. His last album, 2009's "Wide Open," notched his best frame when it started with 109,000 at No. 4.
Mariah Carey's second Christmas album, "Merry Christmas II You," could move around 50,000 to 60,000, placing it in the top five on the chart. While those figures seem a bit small for Carey (her last album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," bowed with 168,000 at No. 3), keep in mind that holiday efforts tend to start slower than regular studio sets, and then build larger sales weeks in the march towards the Christmas holiday.