Kenny Chesney seems to be on his way to capturing his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as industry prognosticators suggest his "Hemingway's Whiskey" is aiming to debut atop the chart next week.

Those sources say "Whiskey" may sell around 180,000 to 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 3 -- easily fending off any challengers for the top spot. Chesney's last studio album, 2008's "Lucky Old Sun," bowed at No. 1 with 176,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

A sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for Chesney would place him in second among country acts with the most toppers on the list. Only Garth Brooks, with eight, has more.

The No. 2 debut next week will likely come from Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being," which is currently only available to purchase digitally and will perhaps sell around 100,000 downloads. The physical version of the jailed rapper's set, with three additional tracks, streets on Oct. 12.

Other albums aiming for a high debut include Gucci Mane's "The Appeal," Jimmy Eat World's "Invented" and Eric Clapton's "Clapton."

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