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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Set for Third Week at No. 1

There's little stopping Taylor Swift's 1989 album, as it is on course to spend a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

There’s little stopping Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album, as it is on course to spend a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Industry forecasters suggest the Big Machine Records release may sell upwards of 300,000 copies in its third week on sale (ending Nov. 16). That would easily outpace the crop of new albums that were released on Nov. 10, including the likely No. 2 debut: Foo FightersSonic Highways.

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The latter set, released on RCA Records, could sell over 190,000 copies in its debut frame. The band’s last album, 2011’s Wasting Light, was its first No. 1. It bowed atop the list with 235,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

After Foo Fighters, watch for Pink Floyd to notch its 10th top 10 album with The Endless River, which could sell around 150,000. The mostly instrumental album (it only has one track with vocals) was released on Columbia Records. It’s the band’s first studio album in 20 years, since 1994’s No. 1 set The Division Bell. (The new album consists of material initially written and recorded for The Division Bell.)

Another act that’s been away for a long time, Garth Brooks, will also return to the top 10 next week. Brooks’ new Man Against Machine — his first studio release since 2001’s No. 1-debuting Scarecrow — might sell around 125,000. The album is notably unavailable through digital retailers, except for Brooks’ own GhostTunes website. Man Against Machine will earn Brooks his 16th top 10 album.

After Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd and Brooks, the next biggest arrivals look to be Big K.R.I.T.‘s Cadillactica and Nick Jonas‘ self-titled album; both could sell around 35,000 or so.