Justin Bieber Headed Back To No. 1 On Billboard 200
Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" may retake the No. 1 crown on next week's Billboard 200 chart. He won't have any competition from new releases, as none of the albums that came to market this week seemingly pose a threat to his return to the top.
Bieber's "My World 2.0" could sell around 100,000 copies by week's end on April 11, and industry prognosticators think that his album will see a lighter sales erosion than what Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" -- this week's No. 1 -- will experience in its second week. "Raymond" may shift around 90,000 to 100,000 copies. But it's still early going in the week, so Usher could hold on at No. 1.
Another album looking to impact the Billboard 200 next week is guitar god Slash's all-star collaborations album, simply titled "Slash," which is on track to score the highest new entry with perhaps around 50,000 copies. That should be enough to secure the rock icon a top 10 debut. The set sports guest vocalists Fergie, M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne and others.
The big chart will also see arrivals from a colorful cross-section of albums like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' "I Learned the Hard Way," Madonna's live set "Sticky & Sweet Tour," Jakob Dylan's "Women and Country" and John Butler Trio's "April Uprising." The biggest of those are the Madonna album (with perhaps 25,000 copies) and Dylan's offering (around 18,000 or so).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Rascal Flatts' "Unstoppable" lived up to its title as it stormed in at No. 1 with 351,000 copies sold during Easter week. (Easter fell on April 12 last year.) Meanwhile, the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" soundtrack climbed from No. 5 to No. 2 with 196,000 (up 127%). Jadakiss' "The Last Kiss" debuted at No. 3 with 135,000 while Jason Aldean's "Wide Open" started at No. 4 with 109,000.