The Billboard 200 is finally heating up after a long spell of lackluster weeks, as three just-released albums are going to make big bows on the tally next week.
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack is going up against both Christina Aguilera's first studio release in nearly four years -- "Bionic" -- and the latest EP from the cast of Fox TV's "Glee," "Journey to Regionals."
Industry prognosticators think "Eclipse" will likely debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with possibly as much as 140,000 to 160,000 copies sold by week's end on June 13. The last "Twilight" release, "New Moon," was released
on a Friday and sold 115,000 in just three days, debuting at No. 2. In its first full week, it sold 153,000 and moved to No. 1.
Sources also predict that the "Glee" album might sell around 110,000 to 130,000 while Aguilera's "Bionic" could move 100,000 to 120,000 copies.
The latter sales projection could change, considering the number of high-profile TV appearances Aguilera has lined up this week. She played NBC's "Today" yesterday (May 8), and will visit "The Late Show With David Letterman" tonight and "Live With Regis & Kelly" tomorrow (10) She'll finish up the work week with a Friday (11) visit to CBS' "Early Show." On Sunday (13), she'll be the focus of new episodes of VH1's "Behind The Music" and "Storytellers."
Aguilera's last effort, the 2006 double-length album "Back to Basics," bowed at No. 1 with 346,000 copies sold. The week of the set's debut, she was riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 with the top 10 single "Ain't No Other Man," the album's lead track. However, "Bionic's" first single "Not Myself Tonight" has so far underperformed on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 23 the week of its release back in late April.
Other albums on course to make noteworthy debuts next week on the Billboard 200 include Plies' "Goon Affiliated," Dierks Bentley's "Up On The Ridge," Jewel's "Sweet and Wild," Saving Abel's "Miss America" and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' self-titled album.