Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week as his Blueprint 3 could fend off some hot competition from two new releases as well as Whitney Houston's former chart-topper.
Muse's The Resistance and Kid Cudi's debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, which came out on Tuesday, are both looking to sell around 120,000 copies each during the week ended September 20, according to industry prognosticators. Muse could go a tad higher when data are released on Wednesday, while Cudi may finish the week a shade lower.
For Muse, The Resistance will give the band its best sales week ever and its highest charting album, too. Its previous high came when 2006's Black Holes and Revelations debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 48,000.
Houston's I Look To You, which led the chart two weekd ago, is looking to benefit from her two-day stand on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She chatted with Winfrey for the entire hour on Monday, September 14 and again the following day, when she also performed a tune from the set. Sources say the album will see a handsome sales boost and could sell as many as 125,000 copies in its third week of release.
Jay-Z's album sold 476,000 copies last week.
Other albums looking to start high on the Billboard 200 next week include Canadian rapper Drake's seven-song EP So Far Gone, southern rapper Lil Boosie's Superbad, metal band Megadeth's Endgame and pop band Honor Society's Fashionably Late.