Weakend chart preview

Based on midweek sales reports and the expected flood of gift card redemptions over the weekend, please expect a greater than our usual margin for error, but here's how next week's chart looks as of this morning, with Taylor Swift the big winner of the holiday, though Rob Stringer's Sony Music and Steve Barnett's Team Columbia represent with four of the Top 5, while Nicki Minaj and Kid Rock are both holding up well:

Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 300-325k
Susan Boyle (Columbia) 225-250k
Glee Cast Christmas (Columbia) 150-170k
Jackie Evancho (Columbia) 130-140k
Michael Jackson (Epic) 130-140k
*Keyshia Cole (Geffen) 130-140k
*Jamie Foxx (J/RMG) 125-135k
Nicki Minaj (YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 125-135k
Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 115-125k
Kid Rock (Atlantic) 110-120k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 110-120k
Jason Aldean (Broken Bow) 100-110k
Josh Groban (Reprise) 100-110k
Glee Cast Vol. 4 (Columbia) 100-110k
Rascal Flatts (Big Machine) 100-110k
Katy Perry (Capitol) 100-110k
Justin Bieber Acoustic (Island/IDJ) 100-110k
*Debuts (12/24a)

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