LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Eminem will probably lead the U.S. pop album chart for a sixth week when sales data are issued next Wednesday. None of this week's new releases are expected to dethrone his two-million-seller "Recovery."
The biggest new entry next week could be R&B singer Kem's third effort, "Intimacy," with sales in the 75,000-80,000 unit range by week's end on Sunday, say industry gurus. His last album, 2006's "Kem II," started at No. 5 with 140,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Other albums on the hunt for a possible top 10 debut include Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," Iron Maiden's "The Final Frontier," Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town," John Mellencamp's "No Better Than This" and David Gray's "Foundling." Both LaMontagne and Iron Maiden could shift perhaps around 60,000, according to prognosticators, while Adkins is aiming for a figure near 45,000.
If "Recovery" makes it a seventh week at No. 1, it will be the first album to do so since Taylor Swift's "Fearless" strung together 11 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse in late 2007 and early 2008.