Taylor Swift is dreaming of a “Red” Christmas, it seems. Industry sources are forecasting that her “Red” album is on track to possibly spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album might move between 260,000 and 290,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Presently, two new albums are likely to arrive in the top 10, led by T.I.’s “Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head” with perhaps 155,000 to 175,000. Also headed for the top 10 is the multi-artist “12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief” benefit album. The 24-song release may move between 100,000 and 130,000. That figure has been scaled back from earlier projections on Wednesday (Dec. 19), when some forecasters had suggested it might sell upwards of 150,000.
The “12-12-12” album’s start will be bolstered by upwards of 60,000 pre-orders banked via the iTunes Store. (Though, not necessarily all of those pre-orders may turn into sales.)
Next week’s top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 27 (instead of on the usual Wednesday, due to the Christmas holiday). The charts on both billboard.com and billboard.biz will refresh around 6 PM EST on Dec. 27 as well.