Singer/songwriter Lorde is on track for her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest that her new album, Melodrama, may launch at No. 1 with perhaps 80,000 to 90,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 22. The set, which is Lorde’s second studio effort, was released on June 16 through Lava/Republic Records.
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 July 8-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Lorde will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 25.