2 Chainz Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200
2 Chainz is headed for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The rapper's debut studio effort, "Based On a T.R.U. Story," is on course to sell upwards of 130,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 19 (so say industry forecasters). That will easily place him atop the Billboard 200 heap next week, as he has little competition standing in his way.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Since debuting a little over a year ago on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (under his former stage name Tity Boi), the hip-hop artist has notched 10 hit singles on the tally. Of those, two have hit No. 1: his own "No Lie" (featuring Drake) and "Mercy" (credited to Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz).
The Billboard 200's next biggest bow will likely come from Insane Clown Posse's "The Might Death Pop," which may do 35,000 or more. The duo's last studio set, 2009's "Bang! Pow! Boom!," debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 50,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Other albums on course for a high entry on the Billboard 200 include Yellowcard's "Southern Air," Slightly Stoopid's "Top of the World" and In This Moment's "Blood."