April 14, 2011 / 9:14 PM / 7 years ago

Foo Fighters flying towards first No. 1 album

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - After nearly 16 years, six studio albums, a live set and a greatest hits package — the Foo Fighters are finally heading for their first No. 1 album next week.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performing in Los Angeles, December 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Industry prognosticators suggest their new release, “Wasting Light,” could sell over 200,000 copies by week’s end on Sunday — easily outdistancing other debuts from the likes of Alison Krauss + Union Station, Paul Simon, Jessie J and Mana. Sales data will be published on Wednesday.

The Foo Fighters have gone as high as No. 2 with 2005’s “In Your Honor” (which bowed with 311,000 units) and have hit No. 3 twice with 2002’s “One by One” and 2007’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.” The latter set is their last studio effort, and it opened with 168,000 units en route to a total of 897,000.

Other albums on tap to make a top 10 bow next week include Krauss and Union Station’s “Paper Airplane,” Jessie J’s debut set “Who You Are,” Paul Simon’s reunion with producer Phil Ramone on “So Beautiful Or So What” and Mexican rock group Mana’s “Drama Y Luz.”

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