Thursday, May 7, 2009


The latest albums from Chrisette Michele and Ciara are on track to debut high on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- both with a shot at a No. 1 bow.

Industry prognosticators suggest both Michele's "Epiphany" (Def Jam) and Ciara's "Fantasy Ride" (LaFace) will sell over 70,000 copies in their first week of release. With the Mother's Day holiday on Sunday (May 10), both could see a bump in sales over the weekend due to mom-inspired gift-shopping. Additionally, Ciara is slated to perform on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on May 9.

Billboard estimates the seven merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target and Anderson Merchandisers -- comprise about 60% of all U.S. album sales.

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