Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8).
It's understood that "The Suburbs" is greatly benefiting from its promotion in Amazon's MP3 store, where it's been sale priced for $3.99 since its release on Tuesday.
There's a chance that Eminem's "Recovery" may possibly retake the No. 1 slot. The album slipped to No. 2 this past week, selling 159,000 (down just 15%).
Arcade Fire's last release in 2007, "Neon Bible," started at No. 2 with 92,000. It was blocked from the top spot by the No. 1-debuting "Greatest Hits" from the Notorious B.I.G. (99,000).
This story was revised on Aug. 5 at 9:30 EST.