Adele’s 25 album is likely heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. The set may earn over 150,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 18, which should be enough to push the set back to No. 1 for a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list.
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 March 5-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Adele may jump back to No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 21.
The potential return to No. 1 comes on the heels of Adele’s performance on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 15), where the diva sang the album’s “All I Ask.”
The biggest debut on the chart, and perhaps the only arrival in the top 10, could be country duo Joey + Rory with their new album Hymns That Are Important To Us. The inspirational set, which was released on Feb. 12, will likely earn the pair their highest rank ever on the chart, and their biggest sales week. The album may start in the top five of the Billboard 200 with perhaps 50,000 copies sold.
Joey + Rory have tallied four previous entries on the chart, going as high as No. 60 with Album Number Two in 2010.
Joey + Rory (the married husband and wife team of Rory and Joey Feek) recorded the new album last year as Joey was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cervical cancer. She’s currently in hospice care at home in Indiana, after the cancer returned and the couple decided to end treatment.