Carrie Underwood Heading for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Country superstar Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The album should sell around 275,000 copies sold by week's end on Sunday, May 6 -- according to industry sources.

"Blown Away" is her fourth album and will become her third chart-topper following 2009's "Play On" and 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her debut release, 2005's "Some Hearts," bowed and peaked at No. 2.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 9.

"Blown Away" is Underwood's first album to be released outside of the always-busy fourth quarter, where sales are amplified as consumers are shopping for holiday gifts. Thus, it's not a huge surprise to see how "Blown Away's" start is a bit less than that of her earlier albums. "Play On" launched with 318,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Carnival Ride" bowed with 527,000 and "Some Hearts" did 315,000.

The new album's lead single, "Good Girl," holds at No. 8 with a bullet for a fourth straight week on the Country Songs chart. It is her 15th top 10 hit on the tally.

As for the rest of next week's Billboard 200 chart, look for Norah Jones' "Little Broken Hearts" to start in the top five, along with B.o.B's "Strange Clouds" and the latest "Now That's What I Call Music!" compilation -- "Now 42." Jones will be the biggest of that bunch, with perhaps around 100,000 sold.

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