Selena Gomez’s new studio album Rare is aiming for a possible No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the pop star’s latest effort, which was released on Jan. 10 via Interscope Records, may launch atop the tally dated Jan. 25 with between 110,000 to 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 16.
Meanwhile, the current No. 1 champ, Roddy Ricch?’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, has a chance of holding on to the top slot for a third nonconsecutive week. As of Jan. 14, prognosticators indicate the rapper’s album could tally upwards of 110,000 units — or more. The album is riding high thanks in large part to its single “The Box.” The track is a supersized hit, having just jumped to No. 1 on the current Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated Jan. 18), with the biggest streaming week for a non-Christmas song since last August.
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 Jan. 25-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Jan. 19.