Spears Doubles Up On Underwood, Faces Eagles Challenge

BRITNEY SPEARS is well on course to score a number one with her comeback album after selling 124,000 copies of BLACKOUT on release day.

Released on Wednesday (31Oct07), the first-day estimates suggest Spears’
sales have almost doubled those for country singer Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, which debuted at number one on Wednesday (31Oct07).

Ironically, both stars have been romantically linked to American football hunk Tony Romo – Underwood dated him earlier this year (07), while Spears was spotted sitting on his lap at a recent Los Angeles party.

Chart experts at Spears’ label Zomba estimate Blackout will debut with 330,000-plus sales, which should give her next week’s number one.

The only act that could spoil Spears’ big comeback is rock veterans the Eagles.

If bosses at retail chain Wal-Mart choose to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, Long Road Out Of Eden, the old-timers could find themselves beating Spears to number one.

The rock group’s manager Irving Azoff tells Billboard.com, “If the Eagles were SoundScanning (on the official sales chart) this week, even though it’s only available at one retailer, Britney wouldn’t be number one.”



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