Jack Johnson and Justin Moore Vying for No. 1 on the Billboard 200
The singer/songwriter and country star will face off for the top spot, with Chris Young, Maybach Music Group and Avicii also looking for chart debuts.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson and country singer Justin Moore are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
At present, industry sources forecast that Johnson's new album, "From Here to Now to You," might sell around 110,000 to 115,000. Moore's third album, "Off the Beaten Path," might sell just about 110,000.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25.
If Johnson arrives in the top slot, it will mark his fourth No. 1 album, and third consecutive studio effort to bow at No. 1. (He also tallied a chart-topper with his soundtrack to the film "Curious George" in 2006.)
Johnson's estimated first-week sales are less than half of what his last album saw. 2010's "To The Sea" launched at No. 1 with 243,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Johnson's new album's current single, "I Got You," peaked at No. 31 on the Rock Airplay chart, and this week slips 41-46 on the tally.
As for Moore, he's currently enjoying a top three hit single on the Country Airplay chart with "Point At You." This week, it climbs 5-3 with 40.7 million in audience. On the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid chart Hot Country Songs, the single rises 15-10, marking Moore's first top 10 in over two years.
If his new "Off the Beaten Path" sells as projected, it will mark Moore's best sales week yet.
Moore's self-titled full-length debut album peaked at No. 10 in 2009, starting with 34,000. Its follow-up, 2011's "Outlaws Like Me," debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 65,000. To date, the two albums have sold 550,000 and 577,000 copies, respectively.
Other albums set for significant debuts on next week's chart include Chris Young's "A.M." (maybe 50,000), the new Maybach Music Group compilation "Self Made, Vol. 3" (50,000), Avicii's "True" (45,000) and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" (30,000).