One close race for No. 1 may by followed by another, as both Maroon 5's "Hands All Over" and Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
Industry prognosticators suggest that each album could sell approximately 150,000 copies by week's end on Sept. 26.
Maroon 5's last effort, 2007's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," debuted at No. 1 with 429,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was led by the single "Makes Me Wonder," which spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart previous to the album's arrival. "Misery," the first from "Hands All Over," has so far peaked at No. 17. It drops one rung to No. 20 on this week's Hot 100. (It does, however, reach No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs tally.)
Zac Brown Band is in the hunt for its first No. 1 album, as its major-label debut, "The Foundation," topped out at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. For Zac Brown Band, an arrival in the range of 150,000 would easily mark the act's best sales frame. Its highest sales week came when "Foundation" shifted 62,000 over Christmas in 2009. The group's new album was preceded by the single "As She's Walking Away" (featuring Alan Jackson), which vaults 72-56 on the Hot 100. Over on the Country Songs chart, it rises three slots to No. 13.
Other albums looking to debut in the top 10 next week include John Legend and the Roots' "Wake Up!," Santana's "Guitar Heaven," Selena Gomez & the Scene's "A Year Without Rain" and Billy Currington's "Enjoy Yourself."