After vacating the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks, it looks like Taylor Swift’s “Red” will return to the No. 1 slot. While the current tracking week isn’t over yet, industry forecasters are suggesting that the Big Machine Records album will swoop back to No. 1 next week with perhaps 160,000 sold.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 12.
“Red” bowed at No. 1 six weeks ago with 1.2 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning the largest sales week for an album since 2002. (Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” was the last to rack up a larger frame, when it did 1.32 million in its first full week at No. 1 on the chart dated June 15, 2002.)
So far, “Red” has moved 2.2 million in the U.S., making it the year’s second-biggest selling album. Adele’s “21” leads the pack, with 4.2 million.
As for the rest of the top 10 next week, look for Wiz Khalifa’s new “O.N.I.F.C.” to bow with around 135,000 or so — likely at No. 2. Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” is also in the running for the No. 2 slot.