Eagle-eye industry sources are suggesting that the kids from Fox TV's "Glee" may earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "The Power of Madonna" soundtrack. The companion album from the show's same-named episode, which aired last night (Apr. 20) to much fanfare, may sell in the range of 100,000 to 125,000 by week's end on May 1 according to industry prognosticators.
The best week for a "Glee" set was racked when its "Season One, The Music Volume 2" soundtrack began at No. 3 with 173,000 last December. There is a chance that "The Power of Madonna" could move an even higher number -- possibly approaching that record 173,000 figure -- depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.
The "Glee" club and Madonna should trump the week's other big debut -- the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack from rock gods AC/DC. The album -- also on Columbia -- is looking to debut in either the No. 2 or No. 3 slot on the Billboard 200 with between 75,000 and 100,000.
The set, tied to the forthcoming film (due in theaters on May 7 in the U.S.), gathers together 15 of the band's classic tracks, including iconic cuts like "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black" and "Thunderstruck." The AC/DC effort was released on Monday, April 19, out of step with the usual Tuesday release date that most new albums in the U.S. receive. Also putting a small wrinkle into AC/DC's first week is the lack of "Iron Man 2's" availability at digital retailers. The band has yet to make its catalog available digitally.
Where AC/DC will ultimately debut also depends on the punch the ACM awards may have on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 3 this week with 65,000) and how Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will do in its fifth week on the tally ( it was No. 1 this week with 92,000).