Blink-182 Aiming to Dethrone Drake Atop Billboard 200 Chart

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Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker of blink-182 arrive at Blind Dragon on April 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Blink-182's 'California' is on track to debut at No. 1, unseating Drake's 'Views,' which has topped the chart for nine weeks.

Blink-182 is aiming to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 23) with its new set, California. If the alt-rockers' new album launches at No. 1, it will give Drake's Views its first view from a rank other than No. 1, as the hip-hop opus has spent its first nine weeks on the chart at the summit.

According to industry forecasters, California could debut atop the Billboard 200 with perhaps 150,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 7. Views could earn 120,000 units in the tracking week.

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The July 23-dated chart, on which California could soar in at No. 1, is scheduled to have its top 10 revealed on Billboard's platforms Sunday (July 10).

If California debuts at the Billboard 200's summit, Blink-182 will notch its second No. 1 on the ranking, and first in more than 15 years -- Take Off Your Pants and Jacket led the June 30, 2001, list. The band has scored six total top 10s on the chart, with 2011's No. 2-peaking Neighborhoods its most recent. Blink-182 has already ended another chart-topping drought with the first single from California: "Bored to Death" spends its second week at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, where it's the band's first leader in more than 12 years, since 2004's "I Miss You."

Drake Continues at No. 1 on Artist 100, Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Charts

Also on target for a potential top 10 debut on the July 23 Billboard 200 is Maxwell's blackSUMMERS'night. The R&B crooner arrived atop the chart with his last entry nearly seven years ago, when BLACKsummers'night bounded in (with 316,000 sold), marking his second No. 1; his entry before that, Now, bowed on top in 2001. "Lake by the Ocean," the lead single from Maxwell's new set, spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs airplay chart.

Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield

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