After The Decemberists debuted at No. 1 this week with a comparatively healthy 94,000 for “The King is Dead,” album sales plummet like the winter thermometer again as it looks like the “2011 Grammy Nominees” compilation will bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a record low of around 40,000.
There’s a chance that Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” will finally reach the summit, as her set and the Grammy collection are too close to call right now. “Pink Friday’s” first-week sales of 375,000 in November were only enough to bow at No. 2. Now it could climb to No. 1 on sales of 10% of that tally.
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Latin duo Wisin Y Yandel’s “Los Vaqueros El Regreso” will likely debut at No. 3, while Iron & Wine’s “Kiss Each Other Clean” and Amos Lee’s “Mission Bell” are in a dead heat for the No. 4 spot. Returning sets from Kidz Bop Kids, Mumford & Suns, Bruno Mars and the Decemberists are all set to sell around 28,000-32,000. Rounding out the Top 10 is Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now.”