Drake’s More Life is looking to spend a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. It’s estimated the set could earn between 230,000 and 250,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 30, which would easily keep the effort atop the tally. Ed Sheeran’s former No. 1 ÷ (Divide) will likely end up in the No. 2 slot, with around 100,000 units.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new April 15-dated Billboard 200 chart (where More Life will likely be No. 1 for a second week) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, April 2.
More Life debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 8, earning 505,000 units in its first tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. It also set a streaming record, for the largest number of SEA units racked up in a single week by an album: 257,000.
More Life will continue to be a streaming juggernaut in its second week, as traditional album sales will number somewhere around 50,000 while the bulk of the remaining 180,000-200,000 units will come from SEA.
More Life was released to all streaming and digital retail services on Saturday, March 18, following its premiere on Drake’s OVO Sound radio program on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio that same day. It is scheduled to be released on CD on March 31, with a vinyl LP release to follow in the coming weeks.
As for the rest of next week’s top 10 on the Billboard 200, the only album aiming for a debut in the region is Trey Songz’s Tremaine. The set might earn around 60,000 to 70,000 units (about 50,000 in traditional album sales), which could give it at No. 3 debut on the tally. Songz was last in the top 10 with 2014’s Trigga, which debuted at No. 1 with 105,000 copies sold in its first week.
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