The CD from the 48-year-old Scottish singer is on track to sell at least 550,000 units, though if retailers can keep the recording in stock, sales could go even higher, allowing Boyle to challenge Eminem's "The Relapse" for the title of top debut week of 2009.
Boyle's CD, titled "I Dreamed a Dream," of course includes the iconic song from Les Miserables, as well as standards such as "Cry Me a River," and "Wild Horses."
Another singer unheard of a year ago but predicted to have a smash sales debut is Adam Lambert, whose CD "For Your Entertainment" was also released Nov. 23. The former musical theatre performer, who shot to fame as the runner up to this year's edition of "American Idol" is expected to sell about 225,000 units of his CD.
Official sales numbers will be released on Wednesday.