Foo Fighters' latest also to debut big.
New albums by Backstreet Boys and Foo Fighters are both on track to start above 250,000 copies, with the former having a genuine shot to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.
Based on first-day sales cited by retail chains, chart pundits figure Backstreet's "Never Gone" (Jive/Zomba Label Group) has a shot at touching 300,000 copies in its first week. The group's chances of landing its third No. 1 album depend on how large a second-week decline Coldplay's chart-topping "X&Y" (Capitol) suffers from its opener of 737,000. Of the last six albums to bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, the largest second-week dip was 67% for Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Nothing/Interscope), while the smallest was 42% for Rob Thomas' "...Something To Be" (Melisma/Atlantic).
Foo's "In Your Honor" (Roswell/RCA) should open in the neighborhood of 260,000-280,000, says a source close to the album. The band's largest prior week was 121,000 for fourth album "One By One" the week that it opened at No. 3 in 2002.