John Mayer 's new album "Born and Raised" is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest it could sell around 220,000 to 240,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, May 27.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 30.
If the album starts atop the list, it will mark his third leader on the chart. The ailing singer also hit No. 1 with 2003's "Heavier Things" and 2009's "Battle Studies." (Mayer has a throat condition called granuloma which prevents him from singing, and he canceled a planned spring tour earlier this year.)
"Battle Studies" bowed with 289,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Heavier Things" launched with 317,000. He released another solo studio album between those sets, 2006's "Continuum," which entered at No. 2 off a 300,000 start.
Other albums looking to make a high entry on the chart next week include MercyMe's "The Hurt & the Healer," Sara Bareilles' EP "Once Upon Another Time," Slash's "Apocalyptic Love" (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) and Kimbra's "Vows."
Two former "American Idol" finalists are set to arrive on the tally next week as well. 2009 winner Kris Allen will likely see his sophomore album "Thank You Camellia" bow in the top 20. Last year's third-place finisher, Haley Reinhart, is on course for a top 20 debut as well with her debut set, "Listen Up."
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