Beck's eighth studio album, Modern Guilt, is likely to end up with a final sales tally somewhere between 75,000 and 80,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Hits Daily Double.
That's good enough to debut in the Top Five on this week's Billboard album chart but not quite the amount needed to displace either Coldplay or rapper Lil'Wayne from the top spot. One of those acts will once again be Number One after several weeks of trading back and forth, with the loser likely to finish in second place again. The full chart arrives on Wednesday (July 16th).
Whoever lands at Number One, whether it's Coldplay or Lil'Wayne, will join Jack Johnson and Alicia Keys as the only three acts so far in 2008 to spend three weeks at the top of the chart. Only Johnson did it three weeks in a row.
Beck issued Modern Guilt last Tuesday (July 8th). The singer-songwriter co-produced the record with Danger Mouse, who is one-half of the alt-funk duo Gnarls Barkley. Modern Guilt is the final release under Beck's contract with Interscope Records, although there's no word yet on his future plans.
The first official single from Modern Guilt is "Gamma Ray," although Beck released some tracks earlier online.