Though John Mayer’s performance wings have been clipped due to his current vocal issues, they won’t stop him from soaring into the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week by a wide margin.
Born and Raised is on target to sell as much as 250,000, nearly 200,000 more than its closest competitor, Adele’s “21,” which is looking like it will end up in the 55,000-60,000 range. It will mark Mayer’s third chart topper.
Three other albums look strong for Top 10 bows: Christian band MercyMe’s The Hurt & The Healer looks strong to come in at No. 5, although it may have to head off One Direction’s Up All Night, which both titles looking at selling between 35,000-40,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.
Slash’s new set, Apocalyptic Love and Sara Bareilles’ EP, Once Upon Another Time are duking it out to bow at No. 7 with sales of up to 35,000 copies.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away should hold at No. 3, while Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee keeps going strong, actually bolting back up to No. 4 from No. 9. Now That’s What I Call Music 42 will be at No. 9, while the latest Glee cast album is at No. 10.
This week’s chart topper, Adam Lambert’s Trespassing looks like it will fall out of the Top 10. But there’s even worse news for “Idol’s” season eight winner, Kris Allen. It looks like his new album, Thank You Camellia may not even crack the top 20 when it debuts next week.
Last season’s sweetheart, Haley Reinhart, should come in between No. 15 and No. 20 with her debut, Listen Up.