After a Billboard chart career that dates back to 1996, country singer Gary Allan is on course for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
Industry sources suggest that his new release, Set You Free, may sell around 80,000 to 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 27.
That should be enough for the MCA Nashville release to garner the No. 1 slot next week on the tally -- and mark his best sales week since 2005. Allan last sold more than 80,000 when Tough All Over debuted at No. 3 with 100,000 that year.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Jan. 30.
Set You Free is fueled by its hit single "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," which jumps to No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart this week. It's his biggest hit at the format since 2008, when "Watching Airplanes" also climbed to the runner-up slot.
Allan has notched 10 previous albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including four top 10 sets: Tough All Over (No. 3 in 2005), Greatest Hits (No. 5 in 2007), Living Hard (No. 3 in 2007) and Get Off On the Pain (No. 5, 2010). On the Country Albums chart, he's claimed seven top 10s -- two of which went to No. 1 (Tough and Greatest Hits).