Drake’s new More Life is set to rock the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with the biggest debut of any album since his own Views last May and a new one-week streaming record. Industry forecasters predict More Life will open atop the tally with perhaps 500,000 to 550,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 23, powered largely by streams of the set’s songs. Of its unit sum, traditional album sales could equal around 200,000 to 250,000.
That would secure Drake not just the largest weekly unit total of 2017, but the largest since his own Views album launched at No. 1 last May with 1.04 million units. (Numbers made more impressive by how the set will arrive with less than six full days of tracking, instead of a normal seven days -- as the album was released on Saturday, March 18.)