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Black Keys El Camino poised to debut at number two on the Billboard charts

By malcolm Published: December 12, 2011

But wait there's more!

As Pat Carney predicted, Michael Buble looks to nab the top spot with the Key not far behind.

From the desk of billboard.com

By KEITH CAULFIELD
Billboard.com
As we reported on Thursday, Michael Buble’s ”Christmas” album is on its way to a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so say industry prognosticators. The album may sell well over 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 11.

”Christmas” looks to earn the most weeks at No. 1 of any Michael Buble album, as it will eclipse the two-week chart-topping run of ”Crazy Love” in 2009. ”Christmas” will also mark the longest consecutive-week reign at the top for any album since early June, when Adele’s ”21” wrapped a five-week run at No. 1 (of its 13 total weeks at No. 1).

On Nielsen SoundScan’s Building chart below - a precursor to the final Billboard 200 ranking - reflecting the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan’s tracking week as reported by six major merchants. Buble is unsurprisingly at No. 1 on the tally, while the Black Keys’ new ”El Camino” is sitting pretty at No. 2.

The latter should start with at least 150,000 sold, but will likely move even more - perhaps 170,000 to 180,000. Even if it sells only 150,000, that will easily notch the rock act’s best sales week yet. Their last album, ”Brothers,” set their previous best week, when it landed at No. 3 with 73,000 in May of 2010.

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