Justin Timberlake's newest album has only been out for two days, but industry insiders are already forecasting a lucrative debut on next week's Billboard chart.
"The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," released this past Monday instead of the usual Tuesday slate of debuts in order to make the Grammy eligibility period, is expected to sell around 325,000 copies in its first week. That puts it at a substantially lower rate than March's first "20/20 Experience," which sold 968,000 copies.
Still, Timberlake doesn't have too much to be upset about, considering that would nab him his second No. 1 album of the year. The first "20/20 Experience" remains 2013's best-selling release to date. Midyear figures released by Nielsen SoundScan in July reported that the 2013 album was the only one to have sold more than 2 million copies.
Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" is expected to fall to No. 2 on next week's chart after selling an impressive 658,000 copies in its first week. "Nothing Was the Same" now marks the second-largest sales week of the year after the first "20/20 Experience."
Lorde's debut album, "Pure Heroine," is expected to sell between 115,000 and 125,000 copies and premiere at No. 3. Other new albums floating around the Billboard chart next week will include HAIM's "Days Are Gone" and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "Unvarnished."