NeedToBreathe Heading for Highest-Charting Album Ever on Billboard 200 With 'Hard Love'

Eric Ryan Anderson


NeedToBreathe is aiming to debut in the No. 2 slot on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with its latest effort, Hard Love. According to industry forecasters, the set could earn between 45,000 to 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 21.

If Hard Love launches at No. 2, it will secure the group its highest charting album ever, surpassing the No. 3 debut and peak of 2014’s Rivers in the Wasteland.

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NeedToBreathe will likely play runner-up to the current chart champ, Drake’s Views. It could score another 80,000 to 90,000 units for the week and secure an 11th nonconsecutive frame at No. 1.

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 Aug. 6-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where NeedToBreathe may bow at No. 2 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, July 24.

Elsewhere in the next week’s top 10, there’s a chance the Kidz Bop Kids’ new Kidz Bop 32 could debut in the region, with perhaps 25,000 to 30,000 units.


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