Eminem heaing to #1, Celine Dion to #2

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As reported earlier, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” album is unstoppable, as it will easily debut at No. 1 next week’s Billboard 200 with the second-largest sales week of the year. Industry sources say the set could sell around 750,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Currently, the year’s second-biggest week is owned by Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” which entered at No. 1 with 658,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will continue to own 2013’s biggest week, as it opened with 968,000 at No. 1 back in March.

If “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” sells between 725,000 and 750,000, it will instantly become one of the year’s top 15-selling albums. At the present, the No. 15 seller is the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, which has moved 721,000 in 2013.

It’s likely that within two weeks time, “MMLP2” will become one of the year’s top 10 sets, as the No. 10 title (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist”) has sold 911,000.

“MMLP2” will mark the seventh No. 1 for Eminem — and seventh consecutive set to debut at No. 1.

Eminem’s album will likely be one of three debuts in next week’s top 10, as he will be joined by Celine Dion’s “Loved Me Back to Life” and Avril Lavigne’s self-titled album. Dion’s effort is aiming for a start of around 80,000, while Lavigne is on course for a bow of perhaps 40,000.

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