Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Bruce Springsteen's new studio album Wrecking Ball is on course to sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 11 -- so say industry prognosticators. However, that may not be enough to bump the reigning Adele from the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Adele's '21' Becomes Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

Her 21 album will also sell more than 200,000 this week, and it thus may hold for a 24th week atop the tally. So far, only seven albums have spent 24 weeks or more at No. 1. The last to do so was Prince & the Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack in 1984 and 1985.

As for Springsteen, Wrecking Ball follows his last studio effort, 2009's Working on a Dream. It started at No. 1 with 224,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. If Wrecking Ball reaches No. 1, it will mark the Boss' 10th No. 1 album.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, March 14.