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 between 240,000 and 250,000 by the end of the tracking week on 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.
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Nov. 20.
The new album was released on 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.
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