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Eric Church album poised for No. 1 chart debut

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Eric Church album poised for No. 1 chart debut

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Feb 16, 2014

Eric Church's new album, "The Outsiders," is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, a chart that ranks weekly album sales in all genres of music, not just country. The album is expected to have the best sales week of any album so far this year, Billboard predicts.

Industry sources tell the magazine the album, which was released on Feb. 11, will have sold between 275,000 and 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Feb. 16. By comparison, Eric’s last album, 2011’s “Chief,” sold 145,000 copies in its first week. 
 
As Billboard reports, the predicted sales for the new set “would easily mark Church's best week ever, and the largest for any album since the week ending Dec. 29, 2013, when Beyonce's self-titled album sold 310,000 in its third week on the chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
 
“Church will also log the best week for a country album since Luke Bryan's ‘Crash My Party’ blew in with 528,000 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Aug. 31, 2013.”
 
His current single, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is currently at No. 14 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The new album’s first single, “The Outsiders<‘ peaked at No. 25.
 
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Feb. 19.