Pop singer Michael Buble is heading for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his just-released album, "To Be Loved," is on course to sell around 165,000-185,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 28. The set hit retail yesterday (April 23).
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 1.
Buble's last three full-length albums all hit No. 1 as well: 2011's "Christmas," 2009's "Crazy Love" and 2007's "Call Me Irresponsible." Buble is following up his smash holiday album "Christmas," which became the second-largest selling album of 2011 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It moved 2.45 million copies that year, second only to Adele's "21" (5.82 million in 2011).
"To Be Loved" could be the only album to sell over 100,000 this coming week. Only Fantasia's new "Side Effects of You" could approach that sum, as her album is estimated to sell around 85,000 to 90,000. "Side Effects" will likely debut at No. 2 behind Buble. Fantasia's last release, 2010's "Back to Me," also debuted and peaked at No. 2 -- her so-far highest rank on the chart.