Lady Gaga Heading for No. 1, Beatles Set for Top 10 on Billboard 200
As reported earlier this week, Lady Gaga's ARTPOP album seems destined for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week, securing the diva her second chart-topping set.
Presently, industry sources forecast the album to sell around 240,000 to 250,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 17. That's down slightly from its 260,000 projection on Wednesday (Nov. 13). As we've noted previously, sales forecasts often change throughout the week, based on many variables.
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The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
The new album was released on an Monday, Nov. 11, bucking the trend of most albums hitting retail on a Tuesday. Because of Lady Gaga's move to Monday, most other albums that were scheduled for a Tuesday, Nov. 12 release were also moved up one day to Monday.
ARTPOP follows Gaga's No. 1-debuting Born This Way in 2011, which launched with 1.1 million sold (a number amplified by a temporary 99-cent sale deal by Amazon MP3). Overall, ARTPOP will rack up the fifth top 10 set for Gaga, who previously notched top 10s with her first album The Fame (No. 2 peak in early 2010), The Fame Monster (EP) (No. 5 in 2009), The Remix (No. 6 in 2010) and Born This Way.
Eminem's current chart champ, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, will likely fall to No. 2 with around 210,000 for the week.
Also set for a top 10 debut: the Beatles.
The Fab Four's new On Air - Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 album should give the act its 31st top 10 set. The album is forecast to sell around 35,000. The group last charted a new top 10 effort back in 2006 with the release of Love, the companion album to the Cirque du Soleil stage production based on the Beatles' music.
If On Air debuts in the top 10, the Beatles would remain in fourth place on the all-time list of acts with the most top 10 albums. The Rolling Stones have the most, with 36. They are followed by, currently, Frank Sinatra (33), Barbra Streisand (32) and the Beatles (30, at the present).
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.