Nas is set for his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his just-released album, "Life Is Good," is heading for the top slot next week. Industry sources suggest that the title will sell perhaps 120,000, which should be enough to secure a No. 1 bow.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, July 25.
Nas previously hit the top with "It Was Written" (1996); the collaboration set "The Firm" (1997) with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature; "I Am" (1999); "Hip Hop Is Dead" (2007) and "Untitled" (2008). The latter -- his last solo studio effort -- arrived with 187,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2010, his "Distant Relatives" collabo with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley started at No. 5 with 57,000.
Nas' latest might be the only title to sell over 100,000 this week. Zac Brown Band's current No. 1 "Uncaged" might fall to No. 2 while the new "Kidz Bop 22" album could start at No. 3 with around 60,000.
Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" could retain a top five position after it debuted at No. 2 with 131,000. The set became widely available to all retailers on July 17, after a mostly-exclusive week with iTunes. Early forecasts indicate that it might sell 50,000 in its second frame. (That number will not include sales from Amazon MP3, as it is selling it for $2.99. Per Billboard policy, that is below the minimum price of $3.49 required for sales to count towards chart placement during an album's first four weeks of release.)