Country trio Lady Antebellum should nab its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with Golden. Industry sources project the new release will sell around 150,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 12.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 15.
Golden will mark the act's third straight studio set to debut atop the list, following 2011's Own the Night and 2010's Need You Now. Their first album, 2008's self-titled effort, debuted and peaked at No. 4. "Own the Night" started with a much stronger number -- 347,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, when it was released in September 2010. Before that, Need You Now, bolstered by its title track, launched with 480,000.
Golden may be the fourth country album to hit No. 1 for the first time this year, following Gary Allan's Set You Free, Luke Bryan's Spring Break . . . Here to Party and this week's current champ, Kenny Chesney's Life On a Rock.
Lady A's latest album was led by the single "Downtown," which reached No. 2 on Hot Country Songs, and No. 1 on Country Airplay. On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at No. 29 last month.
The Billboard 200's next-largest arrival will perhaps come from the soundtrack to the film "The Great Gatsby," which may move around 90,000 copies and land at No. 2. The star-studded set is the companion album to the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie of the same name, which opens in U.S. theaters on May 10.
Two earlier soundtracks from Luhrmann-directed films also had great chart success: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet" hit No. 2, while 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" reached No. 3.