Sugarland, Kings of Leon set to top US chart
Los Angeles: Sugarland could sweeten the US pop chart with its third No. 1 album next week, as industry sources forecast sales of 210,000 to 220,000 copies of the country duo`s "The Incredible Machine" by week`s end on Sunday.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush previously topped the Billboard 200 with 2008`s "Love On the Inside," which debuted at No. 2 with 313,000 copies and claimed the top spot the following week with 171,000. The Walmart-exclusive CD/DVD package "Live on the Inside" debuted at No. 1 in August 2009 after selling 76,000 copies.
Next week`s No. 2 set will probably be Kings of Leon`s fifth studio effort, "Come Around Sundown," with perhaps 180,000 to 190,000. It`s the follow-up to the rock group`s breakthrough 2008 set, "Only By the Night," which bowed at No. 5 with 74,000 copies, but peaked at No. 4 nearly a year later, in September 2009, at the height of the popularity of its single "Use Somebody."
Each of the band`s albums have posted successively higher peaks: its 2003 debut "Youth & Young Manhood" topped out at No. 113, 2005`s "Aha Shake Heartbreak" at No. 55, and 2007`s "Because of the Times" at No. 25.
Other albums on course for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 next week include the "Glee" soundtrack to its "Rocky Horror `Glee` Show" episode (airing on October 26), Elton John and Leon Russell`s "Union," Shakira`s "Sale el Sol" and Rod Stewart`s "Fly Me to the Moon - The Great American Songbook V."
The current Billboard 200 champ is Lil Wayne`s "I Am Not a Human Being," which sold 125,000 copies during the week ended October 17.