On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, it's all but certain that Eminem's "Recovery" will hold for a second week at No. 1.
After the set started so large on this week's chart -- with 741,000 sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan -- even a significant drop-off in sales for the album in week two will still be enough to hold it at No. 1.
The highest new entry next week will come from The-Dream's "Love King," which is on course to sell somewhere in the range of 50,000 to 60,000 copies by week's end on July 4, according to industry prognosticators. 3Oh!3's new "Streets of Gold" will likely be the second-best debut, with perhaps 30,000 to 40,000 sold. Both albums are on course for debuts within the top five of the chart.
After that, the next-highest newbie will be Scissor Sisters' "Night Work," possibly starting in the top 20.
Next week's album charts competes with the same week in 2009 when the late Michael Jackson owned both the Nos. 1 and 2 selling albums in the U.S. with "Number Ones" (339,000; up 215%) and "Thriller" (187,000; up 86%). His "Essential Michael Jackson" also posted an increase, shifting 125,000 (up 23%), landing at No. 5.