Justin Bieber Going for Third Week Atop Billboard 200
It'll likely be the Bieber 200 albums chart again next week, as Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will likely hold on to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for a third non-consecutive week -- industry prognosticators don't forecast any new releases challenging the 16-year old for the chart throne. "My World 2.0" may finish the week with around 80,000 copies sold.
Sources suggest that the biggest new entry will come in the form of MGMT's sophomore album "Congratulations," which may sell between 65,000 and 75,000 by week's end on April 18. It could start as high as No. 2 on the chart, depending on how much of a decline Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" -- currently No. 2 this week -- experiences in its third chart week. (A No. 1 debut is a possibility for MGMT, but again, it depends on if Bieber's "My World 2.0" collapses harder than expected.)
Even if MGMT's set finishes the week at the lower end of its projected first-week sum, it'll still be the best week ever for the act. Its first album, "Oracular Spectacular," never sold more than 17,000 in a week and topped out at No. 38 on the chart.
The next biggest debut on the list will likely belong to Coheed and Cambria's "Year of the Black Rainbow," which may sell in the neighborhood of 50,000 to 60,000. The act's last album "No World For Tomorrow" debuted at No. 6 with 62,000 upon its release in October of 2007.
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when, in the post-Easter week frame, the soundtrack to "Hannah Montana: the Movie" ascended to No. 1 for the first time, moving 2-1, selling 133,000 (down 32%). The previous week's chart-topper, Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable," fell to No. 3 with 107,000 (down 69%). The highest new entry belonged to Day26's "Forever in a Day," which started at No. 2 with 113,000.