Next week the King of Country looks like he'll dethrone the King of Pop, as George Strait 's new release "Twang" will be the top selling album in the U.S.
Industry prognosticators think "Twang" will sell at least 140,000 in its first week. That would place the MCA Nashville set atop both the Top Comprehensive Albums and the Billboard 200 charts. Michael Jackson 's "Number Ones" has been atop the former tally for six of the past seven weeks. In the most recent tracking week that ended on Aug. 9, "Number Ones" sold 98,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Twang" will give Strait his fifth No. 1 album, following 1997's "Carrying Your Love With Me," 2004's "50 Number Ones," 2005's "Somewhere Down In Texas" and 2008's "Troubadour."
Strait won't be the only high entry on the album charts next week, as Cobra Starship 's third album, "Hot Mess," powered by the hit single "Good Girls Good Bad," may sell between 40,000 and 50,000. That'll easily give the band its best sales week ever and a career -- high placement on the Billboard 200 -- most likely arriving in the top five.
Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week, as reflected in Billboard's sales charts, runs from Monday through Sunday of each week. Next week's album and singles charts will be revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and will reflect data through the week ending Sunday, Aug. 16.
The exciting chart news next week won't be limited to the album charts either.
A number of hotly anticipated songs saw their digital release on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and will impact the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart next week.
Miley Cyrus ' new "Party In The U.S.A." could sell at least 200,000 downloads by week's end, while Jay-Z 's all-star collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West on "Run This Town" may sell between 150,000 and 170,000.
For Cyrus, the powerful sales figure will push her to a possible a top five debut on the Billboard Hot 100 next week. If she manages that, it'll be her highest bow ever on the chart -- beating the No. 6 entry of "The Climb" on March 21.
The good news for Cyrus doesn't stop there: she's also featured on the new Disney Friends for Change charity single "Send It On." The tune boasts Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Jonas Brothers.
"Send It On" hit digital retailers on Aug. 11 as well and could shift 70,000 to 85,000 downloads. If it sells that much, Cyrus may find herself with a pair of top 30 debuts on the Hot 100 next week.
For Jay-Z, "Town's" big number will most likely send the single flying into the top 10 on the Hot 100. This past week, the tune jumped from No. 88 to No. 66. If it swoops into the top 10 next week, it will be Jay's 15th top 10 hit, and the 11th each for both Rihanna and West.
And finally, it's almost certain that two long-standing Hot 100 records will be broken next week.
Jason Mraz 's "I'm Yours" is on course to spend its 70th week on the chart, setting the record for the longest run in the chart's 51-year history. This week, "Yours" tied with the current record-holder, LeAnn Rimes ' "How Do I Live."
Additionally, the Black Eyed Peas  will probably find itself again at No. 1 for an eighth week with "I Gotta Feeling." The Peas replaced itself at No. 1, after a 12-week run atop the list with "Boom Boom Pow." Thus, one more week in the lead next week will lift the Peas into an unprecedented 20-week streak at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Right now, the Peas are tied with Usher's 19-week monopoly of the No. 1 slot back in 2004. Usher  strung together 19 straight frames at No. 1 with "Yeah!" and "Burn."
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