Foo Fighters Flying Towards First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200
Foo Fighters Flying Towards First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

After nearly 16 years, six studio albums, a live set and a greatest hits package, the Foo Fighters are finally heading for their first No. 1 album next week.

Industry prognosticators suggest the band's newest album, "Wasting Light," album could sell more than 200,000 copies by week's end on April 17, easily placing the Roswell/RCA set ahead of new entries from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Paul Simon, Jessie J and Mana.

Foo Fighters have previously landed eight entries on the Billboard 200, with five of them reaching the top 10. The group has gone as high as No. 2 with 2005's "In Your Honor" (which bowed with 311,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and has hit No. 3 twice with 2002's "One by One" and 2007's "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace."

The latter set is the Foo Fighters' last studio effort, and it bowed with 168,000 on its way to a cumulative total of 897,000.

Other albums on tap to make a top 10 bow next week include Krauss and Union Station's "Paper Airplane," Jessie J's debut set "Who You Are," Paul Simon's Phil Ramone-produced "So Beautiful Or So What" and Mana's "Drama Y Luz."

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