The latter's "Babel" will seemingly fend off any competition for the No. 1 position after its whopping 600,000 start this past week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). While we don't have a prediction for what "Babel" will shift in its sophomore frame, it's highly unlikely any of this week's new releases will bump the set out of the penthouse.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Muse's "The 2nd Law" seems primed for a start in the No. 2 slot, with perhaps 110,000 sold -- so say industry forecasters. It may mark the highest rank for the band on the tally, but not its best sales week. So far, it's highest sales frame came when its last studio release, 2009's "The Resistance," entered at a career-high No. 3 with 128,000.
R&B singer Miguel is looking to debut in the No. 3 position with his sophomore set, "Kaleidoscope Dream." The album could sell around 50,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 7. Miguel's debut set, 2010's "All I Want Is You," racked 45 weeks on the chart, rising to a peak of No. 37 on the May 24, 2011 chart.
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