Susan Boyle Likely to Top Billboard 200 Next Week
Susan Boyle will likely again reign at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her latest album, "The Gift." It's too early to tell how much it could sell by week's end on Dec. 12, but it will easily beat out the biggest new entry: T.I.'s "No Mercy."
The jailed rapper's latest looks like it may start with around 130,000 to 140,000 sold, based on industry prognosticators' projections. That could possibly place it among the top five sellers next week. T.I.'s last set, 2008's "Paper Trail," was his third No. 1 album in a row, bowing atop the tally with a whopping 568,000. It followed his previous penthouse-dwellers "T.I. Vs T.I.P." (2007) and "King" (2006).
The second-biggest debut next week may come from dance music duo Daft Punk. The act is on course for its best sales week yet and likely highest charting album ever as its score to the Disney film "Tron: Legacy" may bow with around 60,000. That would perhaps give it a top 15 entry. Daft Punk's previous best week came when 2001's "Discovery' started with 34,000 at No. 44.