Rapper Rick Ross set for third U.S. chart-topper

Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:33pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Rapper Rick Ross is on the way to his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.

"Deeper Than Rap" looks likely to debut atop the list next Wednesday, according to industry forecasts. Based on its first-day sales Tuesday, prognosticators say the album will sell over 150,000 copies in its first week.

Ross' last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No. 1 with 198,000 while 2006's "Port of Miami" also did the same, but with 187,000.

Next week's second-highest debut will come from either white rapper Asher Roth's freshman effort "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" with perhaps over 70,000 copies, or veteran British synth-pop Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe," which is aiming for anywhere between 75,000 to 90,000.

The current Billboard 200 chart is led by the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" soundtrack, which sold 133,000 copies during the week ended April 19.

(Editing by Dean Gooodman at Reuters)