Tool, Lana Del Rey & Lil Tecca Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Tim Cadiente
Tool

New albums from Tool, Lana Del Rey and Lil Tecca are all set for top 10 debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters.

Tool’s Fear Inoculum — the band’s first studio set in 13 years — will be the week’s highest new entry and may bow at No. 1. Prognosticators suggest the album could start with over 230,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 5 in the U.S. The bulk of that sum will be driven by album sales.

Meanwhile, Del Rey’s Norman F-----g Rockwell! and Lil Tecca’s We Love You Tecca may bow with around 90,000 and 55,000 units, respectively.

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 Sept. 14-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Tool, Del Rey and Lil Tecca are aiming to bow) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The current No. 1 album, Taylor Swift’s Lover, will likely slip to No. 2 in its second week, with over 180,000 units earned. The album debuted at No. 1 with 867,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 29, according to Nielsen Music.

Fear Inoculum is Tool’s first studio album since 10,000 Days was released in May of 2006. That set opened at No. 1 on the May 20, 2006-dated chart with 564,000 copies sold in its first week. (Until December of 2014, the Billboard 200 ranked albums only by weekly album sales.)

As for Del Rey, her last release, Lust for Life, bowed at No. 1 in 2017 with 107,000 units earned. We Love Tecca, which is promoted as a mixtape, is Lil Tecca’s first album release.

Other albums aiming for significant debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart include Sheryl Crow’s Threads, Stick Figure’s World on Fire, Trisha Yearwood’s Every Girl, SiR’s Chasing Summer and the original Broadway Cast Recording of Moulin Rouge!


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