Luke Bryan & Dr. Dre Aiming for Top of Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Austin Hargrave

Luke Bryan photographed on June 24, 2015 at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm.

Country superstar Luke Bryan and returning hip-hop heavyweight Dr. Dre are aiming to take over the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week (dated Aug. 29).

Industry forecasters suggest Bryan’s Kill the Lights is poised to debut at No. 1 with perhaps 340,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 13. It would land Bryan his third No. 1 album.

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Meanwhile, Dre’s new Compton album -- his third solo effort, and first since 1999 -- will likely start at No. 2 with around 300,000 units.

Both albums were released on Aug. 7. Bryan's set was issued through Capitol Nashville, while Dre's album is on Aftermath/Interscope.

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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 Aug. 29-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s Web sites on Sunday, Aug. 16.

Perhaps surprisingly, Dre has yet to tally a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. His debut set The Chronic peaked at No. 3 for six nonconsecutive weeks in 1993. His second, Dr. Dre — 2001, spent four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 2. (He did, however, log a chart-topper as part of N.W.A, when Efil4Zaggin topped the list for one week on June 22, 1991.)

Both Kill the Lights and Compton are on track to each sell more than 250,000 in pure album sales, which would mark the first time two albums have sold more than 250,000 copies in a week in 2015. It last happened in the week ending Dec. 14, 2014, when J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive started with 354,000 sold, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 moved 278,000 in its seventh week on sale.

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