Next week, Michael Buble's "Christmas" album will easily spend a third week atop the Billboard 200 chart, while Amy Winehouse's posthumous album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" and the Black Keys' "El Camino" are both aiming for top 10 arrivals.
Though it is too early to project what "Christmas" will sell next week, it's a safe bet it will move more than the 293,000 it sold last week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). So far, "Christmas" is one of just seven albums that have sold at least a million copies in 2011 (1.04 million). Adele's "21" is the year's top seller, with 4.8 million.
Winehouse's first post-death album, "Lioness," could see a start of around 100,000 sold, while the Black Keys' "Camino" may launch with 175,000.
Seemingly underperforming albums out this week include Robin Thicke's "Love After War" and T-Pain's "Revolver." Presently, neither set is projected to sell more than 50,000 in their first week. Comparatively, Thicke's last set, 2009's "Sex Therapy: the Session," started with 123,000 at No. 9. T-Pain's previous studio effort, "Thr33 Ringz," bowed with 167,000 at No. 4 in 2008.