MDNA is estimated to sell between 300,000 and 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week (Sunday), according to Billboard. The album, which dropped on March 26, marks Madonna's fifth consecutive studio album to land in the top spot.
She's had a total of eight #1 albums in her career. 2008's Hard Candy, her last studio album, debuted with 280,000 units sold, meaning that Madonna will once again even top herself with MDNA if the numbers shake out as expected.
For the album, Madonna reunited with her Ray of Light producer William Orbit, as well as other electronic-music producers like Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi, creating an album that ranges from hard-hitting dance tracks to lighthearted pop affairs.
Madge's record sales were reinforced thanks to a joint album/ concert-ticket sale venture through which fans were offered the chance to purchase the release along with tickets to her highly anticipated world tour.
But Madonna isn't the only 1980s superstar expected to sit high atop the Billboard 200 next week. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee should place at #2 with 125,000 to 150,000 albums sold. The album features re-workings of some of Richie's biggest tunes with the assistance of country stars like Shania Twain and Blake Shelton. Billboard points out the last time Madge and Richie were in the top five together was in October 1986 when Richie was at #1 with Dancing on the Ceiling while the Queen of Pop's onetime #1 True Blue was settled at #5.
Justin Bieber's own big release, his new single "Boyfriend," which also dropped Monday, is also expected to have a big week on the charts. According to early estimates, the lead Believe single could sell more than 400,000 downloads in its first week, giving it a big push on next week's Billboard Hot 100 chart. This would give the singer his best sales week for a song to date.