Jason Aldean's latest release, "Night Train," is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 21.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Oct. 24.
If Aldean sells the forecasted amount, the Broken Bow set will not only secure his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but also the second-largest debut of the year. Only Mumford & Sons' "Babel," which moved 600,000 in its first week, started with a bigger number. (The folks at RED Distribution are likely popping champagne bottles right now, as the indie company distributes both "Babel and Night Train.")
Aldean's biggest sales week so far arrived when his last album, "My Kinda Party," debuted with 193,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in November 2010. The set bowed and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 -- blocked from the No. 1 slot by Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," which was in its second week at No. 1.
Aldean won't have Swift to deal with this time around, as his album arrives one week before Swift's new album, "Red," hits retail on Oct. 22. (Though certainly, he'll step aside in two weeks time when "Red" makes its expected massive debut.)
Other albums on course for top 10 entries next week include Brandy's "Two Eleven," Jamey Johnson's "Living For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochrane," and Scotty McCreery's "Christmas With Scotty."