Demi Lovato & Pentatonix Vying for No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

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Demi Lovato photographed in 2015.

Demi Lovato and Pentatonix are vying for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as their respective new releases are both heading for the top. Industry sources suggest both sets -- Lovato’s Confident and Pentatonix’s self-titled album -- may earn around 85,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 22.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Nov. 7-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Oct. 25.

If Lovato bows at No. 1, it will mark her second leader and first since 2009’s Here We Go Again opened atop the list in 2009. As for Pentatonix, the a cappella group has yet to score a No. 1, although the quintet has logged four top 10 albums. Their most recent release, 2014’s That’s Christmas to Me, spent two weeks at No. 2 (stuck behind Taylor Swift’s 1989).

Other albums heading for sizable debuts on next week’s chart including The Game’s The Documentary 2.5 and Machine Gun Kelly’s General Admission -- both may start with around 45,000 units.