'Glee's' Madonna album eyeing top spot
Sources say soundtrack would be show's first No. 1 CD
Eagle-eye industry sources are suggesting that the kids from Fox TV's "Glee" may earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with "The Power of Madonna" soundtrack. The companion album from the show's same-named episode, which aired last night (Apr. 20) to much fanfare, may sell in the range of 100,000 to 125,000 by week's end on May 1 according to industry prognosticators.
The best week for a "Glee" set was racked when its "Season One, The Music Volume 2" soundtrack began at No. 3 with 173,000 last December. There is a chance that "The Power of Madonna" could move an even higher number -- possibly approaching that record 173,000 figure -- depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.
The "Glee" club and Madonna should trump the week's other big debut -- the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack from rock gods AC/DC. The album -- also on Columbia -- is looking to debut in either the No. 2 or No. 3 slot on the Billboard 200 with between 75,000 and 100,000.
The set, tied to the forthcoming film (due in theaters on May 7 in the U.S.), gathers together 15 of the band's classic tracks, including iconic cuts like "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black" and "Thunderstruck." The AC/DC effort was released on Monday, April 19, out of step with the usual Tuesday release date that most new albums in the U.S. receive. Also putting a small wrinkle into AC/DC's first week is the lack of "Iron Man 2's" availability at digital retailers. The band has yet to make its catalog available digitally.
Where AC/DC will ultimately debut also depends on the punch the ACM awards may have on Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (No. 3 this week with 65,000) and how Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will do in its fifth week on the tally ( it was No. 1 this week with 92,000).
Other albums looking to make high entries on the Billboard 200 next week include Sevendust's "Cold Day Memory," Circa Survive's "Blue Sky Noise" and Jimmy Buffett's Wal-Mart-exclusive "Encores."
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