Country continues to come on strong. Last week, Sugarland’s “Live on the Inside” entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. This week, the top spot will belong to George Strait’s “Twang.”
Strait also becomes only the second artist–following Daughtry–to come in at No. 1 on Hits Daily Double’s comprehensive album chart over Michael Jackson, who has reigned at the top since his death in June.
Hits predicts that “Twang,” Strait’s 26th album, will sell up to 150,000 copies its debut week, a good 60,000 more than Michael Jackson’s “Number Ones,” which will fall to No. 2. The other act debuting high on the chart will be Cobra Starship, whose “Hot Mess,” is targeted to sell around 45,000, good enough for a Top 5 finish on both charts.
The rest of the top 10 is filled with acts who continue to sell well weeks, if not months, following their CDs’ release, including Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, Daughtry, and Taylor Swift.