Watch for Christian rockers Casting Crowns' "Come to the Well" to possibly debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, with perhaps 95,000-110,000 sold by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 23, according to industry prognosticators.
The set could mark both the act's first No. 1 on the big chart and the first since 1997 to crown both the Billboard 200 and the Christian Albums chart. LeAnn Rimes' "You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs" topped both tallies in September of that year.
Standing in Casting Crowns way is Adele's sturdy "21" album, which has already notched a dozen weeks at No. 1. It hasn't sold less than 110,000 copies in a week since late August, according to Nielsen SoundScan, so it poses a real threat to Casting Crowns.
Casting Crowns has visited the Billboard 200's top 10 three times previously -- most recently with the No. 4-debuting album "Until the Whole World Hears" in 2009. That set launched with 167,000 sold. The closest Casting Crowns has come to No. 1 was the week of Sept. 15, 2007, when "The Altar and the Door" bowed at No. 2 with 129,000. (Standing in its way that week? The "High School Musical 2" soundtrack, which moved 210,000 in its third frame at No. 1.)
In addition to Casting Crowns, look for R&B singer Joe and reunited rock band Jane's Addiction to both start in the top 10 with their latest albums. Joe's "The Good, the Bad, the Sexy" would mark his fifth top 10, and Jane's new "The Great Escape Artist" could be its first top 10 since "Strays" hit No. 4 in 2003.