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Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" is selling faster than expected.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of July 18.

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Industry sources indicate "Uncaged" could top the Billboard 200 with between 200,000 and 220,000 copies sold by the end of the tracking week on July 15. That number is a little larger than expected, thanks to Amazon MP3 sale pricing the set for $3.99. The retailer has discounted the title since it bowed on July 10.

"Uncaged" will mark the second No. 1 for the group on the Billboard 200, following 2010's "You Get What You Give," which launched with a career-high 153,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

While Amazon MP3 is helping Zac Brown Band, one title it won't be helping this week is Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange." It may launch at No. 2 with a robust 100,000 to 120,000 copies -- nearly all from Apple's iTunes Store.

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Ocean, an R&B singer/songwriter and a member of Odd Future, released "Channel Orange" one week early (July 10) to iTunes. The retailer is the sole digital seller of the album until July 17.

"Channel Orange" -- released by Def Jam and distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution -- is beating early, pre-release sales forecasts, which had pinned its start somewhere in the range of 40,000 to 50,000. That would have fallen in line with the bows of Odd Future's own debut studio set "The OF Tape Vol. 2" earlier this year (No. 5 with 40,000) and Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator's "Goblin" (No. 5 in 2011 with 45,000).

The album's CD version wasn't supposed to go on sale until July 17, but physical retailers have been told by Universal to start selling the album as soon as they receive it. Thus, some physical CDs will be in the mix when the album makes it debut on the Billboard 200 next week.

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