While it’s too early to project how many units the album will earn in the week ending Feb. 1, industry sources seem confident that nothing will challenge 1989’s return to No. 1. It would mark 1989‘s 10th week at No. 1.
The top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
It’s not that often an album racks up 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s only happened 11 times since Nielsen Music began powering the chart with its point-of-sale data back on the chart dated May 25, 1991. And, in that span of time, only four women have logged 10 or more weeks at No. 1 with an album: Adele (21, 24 weeks), Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard soundtrack, 20 weeks), Alanis Morissette (Jagged Little Pill, 12 weeks) and Swift herself (Fearless, 11 weeks).
Next week’s highest debut looks to be Ne-Yo‘s Non-Fiction, which may start with around 35,000 in overall album equivalent units. That sum might place the set toward the bottom of the top 10.