Despite his headline-making outburst following an interview with "Good Morning America," for which he later apologized in an interview with BET's 106 & Park, it seems that Chris Brown's latest release, F.A.M.E., is slated to jump to the top of the album chart next week.
According to Billboard, the album will sell approximately 250,000 to 300,000 copies by the time the week ends. It marks the first time Brown has had one of his albums debut at #1. His previous efforts, Chris Brown, Exclusive (2007) and 2009's Graffiti, debuted at #2, #4 and #7, respectively.
Brown's overwhelming chart success may come as a surprise to experts, who believed that given all the negative headlines this week, Brown's behavior may have turned off potential fans. "I definitely think this is a huge step back for him," Ian Drew, senior music editor at Us Weekly, said. "It was a huge mistake. You control how you react. He didn't react the right way.
"[But] there's always a way back ... My advice to him would be: Just don't do any interviews and put out a strong record and let it speak for itself," Drew continued. "Let the music do the talking. Let that be the statement."
Brown isn't the only new release on the charts next week. Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me will hit the charts at #2 with around 160,000 units projected to be sold. The Strokes, who released their first new album in a half a decade, may potentially debut at #3, selling around 90,000 units with Angles. Adele, who held the top spot with her album 21, will be bumped to #5, with Kirk Franklin's Hello Fear hitting #4.