Paramore Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

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"Paramore," the group's fourth album, could fend off Justin Timberlake and Brad Paisley for the top spot.

Rock band Paramore is aiming for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new self-titled release should bow atop the list next week. Industry sources project that the album, the group's first since 2009, may sell around 110,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 14.

The trio's last release, "Brand New Eyes," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 175,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

If Paramore hits No. 1, it will mark the second chart-topper for its label, Fueled by Ramen. The company earlier hit the top with Fall Out Boy's "Infinity On High" on Feb. 24, 2007.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, April 17.

The current Billboard 200 chart leader, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," might slide to the No. 2 or No. 3 slot next week. Its placement depends on where Brad Paisley's new "Wheelhouse" ends up. At the present, the country star's album might sell around 80,000 to 100,000 copies. Paisley has yet to log at No. 1, despite seven earlier top 10 efforts.

Other top 10 debuts next week could include Tyga's "Hotel California," Eric Church's "Caught in the Act" and rock band Device's self-titled debut album.