Blake Shelton Eyeing No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Blake Shelton performs at CMA Music Festival
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Blake Shelton performs at LP Field on Friday, June 6 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

Blake Shelton may battle Barbra Streisand for No. 1 on next week's chart.

Blake Shelton's new album Bringing Back the Sunshine has its sights set on the Billboard 200 chart's No. 1 slot -- but Barbra Streisand might stand in his way.

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The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Oct. 8.

Industry forecasters suggest that Shelton's latest -- which was released Sept. 30 on Warner Bros. Nashville Records -- might sell around 90,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5.

That might be enough to debut at No. 1, but Streisand’s former chart-topper, Partners, is posing a threat to Shelton's possible reign. Sources say Partners (which happens to include a duet with Shelton) may sell 90,000 as well. Partners will be in its third week on the chart and continues to sell well. It debuted at No. 1 with 196,000 and then slipped to No. 3 in its second frame with 127,000 (the week ending Sept. 28, down in sales by a remarkably small 35 percent).

Aside from Shelton, watch for a number of notable new arrivals to visit the top 10 next week. They include Lady Antebellum's 747 (which might sell 70,000) and Prince's Art Official Age with 45,000.


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