One Direction Set to Top the Billboard 200 (Maybe)

I’m so going to have to eat my words about One Direction, aren’t I? I spent months dismissing Simon Cowell and his aim to bring his manufactured boy band to America. HA. I said. Vocal groups haven’t been popular in the US since the turn of the last decade.

So whataya know. The boys are set to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week, according to Hit’s latest predictions.

But not so fast. That scrappy Adele, whose album 21 has been dominating the charts for months, may pull ahead. The Hollywood Reporter points out that the numbers are close, and how the albums sell over the weekend will play a major role in their placing on the chart next week.

Adele is — believe it or not — is still being discovered by thousands of people each week. And her Grammy performance is still fresh in the average consumer’s mind.

On the other hand, when families are out doing their weekly shopping on Saturday and Sunday, you can picture young kids bugging their parents to buy the One Direction album as they pass by a display at Target.

Personally, I’m rooting for Adele, because SHE’S THE QUEEN. And I hate Simon. No, just kidding. Maybe I just hate being wrong. Heh.

In any event, it’s going to be fun watching the charts next week!

Here are Hits “Weakend Predictions”

*One Direction (Syco/Columbia) 165-175k
Adele 21 (XL/Columbia) 150-160k
Guns N’ Roses (Geffen) 75-80k
Bruce Springsteen (Columbia) 50-55k
Whitney Houston Greatest Hits (RCA) 45-50k
Drake (YM/Cash Money/Universal Republic) 25-30k
Now 41 (Capitol/EMI) 24-27k
Adele 19 (XL/Columbia) 21-24k
Gotye (Fairfax/Universal Republic) 20-23k
fun. (Fueled by Ramen) 19-22k
Project X soundtrack (WaterTower) 18-21k
Whitney Houston I Look To You (RCA) 18-21k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 18-21k
The Bodyguard soundtrack (RCA) 17-20k
Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 17-20k

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