Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200
Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

Linkin Park's new "Living Things" album seems on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" headed for a No. 2 arrival.

Industry sources suggest "Living Things" could sell around 220,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 1, while "Overexposed" will shift around 190,000 to 210,000.

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The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, July 4.

"Living Things" could mark the fifth chart-topper for Linkin Park, who also hit the No. 1 slot with 2003's "Meteora," 2004's "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course" (with Jay-Z), 2007's "Minutes to Midnight" and 2010's "A Thousand Suns." Of the act's four previous studio efforts, the only one to miss the No. 1 slot was its debut, 2000's "Hybrid Theory," which peaked at No. 2.

Linkin Park's last studio set, "A Thousand Suns," bowed atop the list with 241,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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As for Maroon 5, "Overexposed" follows 2010's "Hands All Over," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 142,000. If "Overexposed" starts with the forecasted 190,000, it will mark the group's best sales week since 2007. That's when "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" launched at No. 1 with 429,000.

"Overexposed" is led by the single "Payphone," which rises 3-2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and holds its bullet at No. 3 on the Hot 100 Airplay tally.

Other albums aiming for top 10 debuts next week include R. Kelly's "Write Me Back" and the "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol. 2" compilation. R. Kelly's set may move around 70,000 to 80,000 while the "Self Made" set could sell 80,000 or so.

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