LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - After a two-week exile, Eminem is likely to reclaim the No. 1 spot on the U.S. pop album chart next week.
The rapper’s “Recovery” will probably sell between 135,000 and 150,000 copies by week’s end on August 15, enough to dethrone reigning champion Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.”
The Montreal rock band’s debut chart-topper sold 156,000 copies during its first week — about 4,000 ahead of Eminem — but the album is likely suffer a steep second-week slide. The previous week’s leader, rock band Avenged Sevenfold, saw sales of its album “Nightmare” dive 72 percent in its second round.
Industry prognosticators believe the chart’s biggest debut will come from either Disney Channel’s soundtrack to “Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam” or perhaps from rock band Black Label Society’s “Order of the Black.” Each title could sell around 40,000 if all sales forecasts hold steady through the week.
Mike Posner’s debut album “31 Minutes to Takeoff” and Blake Shelton’s new EP “All About Tonight” are also maybe headed for top-10 debuts, each in the 30,000-unit range.