Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson headed for Top of the Billboard 200
Christmas keeps on giving long after the Dec. 25 actually passes. For years, the week after Christmas has often been the biggest total sales week of the year because people have gift cards and holiday cash burning a hole in their pocket. Snow storms may slow sales for a bit, but look for the next two weeks to have strong sales.
That said, it looks like Taylor Swift will have bragging rights for hitting No. 1 the last week of 2010. For the sales week that ends Dec. 26, “Speak Now” will remain at No. 1 with sales of around 325,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” will come in at No. 2 with a tally of up to 250,000. Look for that holiday-themed set to have one more good week, as will the No. 3 title, “Glee’s” Christmas album and Jackie Evancho’s “O Holy Night,” before fading until next Christmas.
Michael Jackson’s “Michael” likely drops two spots to No. 5, before we see a few new entries: Keyshia Cole’s “Calling All Hearts” is poised to bow at No. 6, while Jamie Foxx’s “Best Night of My Life” should come in at No. 7, but will top the 125,000 mark.
The rest of the Top 10 is composed of current hitmakers, including Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday,” Eminem’s “Recovery,” which is the top-selling album of 2010, and Kid Rock’s “Born Free.”
All titles in the Top 10 are slated to surpass 100,000 in sales, as are more of the albums slotted No. 10-20.