The pop star is coming at the competition like a Wrecking Ball
Despite mixed reviews, Billboard is all but ready to begin printing next week's 200 chart with Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” at the top.
Industry insiders are predicting that the album will sell 250,000 units in its first week, according to Billboard.
If those numbers hold up, “Bangerz” will sell far more than twice the opening week total of Cyrus’ last album, 2010's “Can't Be Tamed.” That record debuted at No. 3 — also its peak — with 102,000 sold in its first week.
Should “Bangerz” debut at No. 1 as expected, it would be Cyrus’ fifth chart-topper — counting her soundtrack work in her former “Hannah Montana” existence. Those will still count in her career of course, despite Cyrus’ desperate attempts to pretend they never happened.
The first single off “Bangerz,” “We Can't Stop,” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The next one, “Wrecking Ball,” became the singer's first No. 1.
“Bangerz” projected opening sales are on par with other top female pop singers in recent years: Rihanna's “Unapologetic” debuted at No. 1 in 2012 with 238,000 units moved, while Britney Spears’ 2011 “Femme Fatale” — which also launched at No. 1 — sold 276,000 albums.
Cyrus’ closest competition is expected to be Justin Timberlake's second week sales of “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2″ and Panic at the Disco's debut of “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!” Timberlake sold 350,000 albums in his first week.
The tracking week ends Sunday, and final numbers are expected Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.