Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers' Headed for No. 1 on Billboard 200
Billboard.com asserts that Lupe Fiasco is on his way to scoring his best week ever on the Billboard charts, as his third album, "Lasers," is on track to sell around 190,000 to 220,000 copies and easily bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Some industry prognosticators suggest the set -- if all goes well -- could shift even as much as 240,000 by week's ending on Sunday, March 13. Any way you slice it, even if it comes in under 200,000, it will still beat out his previous high, when "The Cool" started at No. 15 with 143,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan at the very end of 2007.
Fiasco has earned one top 10 thus far, with his debut, "Food & Liquor," which debuted and peaked at No. 8 off an 81,000 launch in 2006. Other albums looking for high entries include the fifth volume of the "Glee" soundtrack series, Avril Lavigne's "Goodbye Lullaby," R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now" and Sara Evans' "Stronger." The former two titles are aiming to start somewhere above 75,000, while the latter pair could see around 50,000 each.