Rae Sremmurd Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

Rae Sremmurd, 2014.
Roman Vail 

Rae Sremmurd

Hip-hop duo’s ‘SremmLife’ album may sell 45,000 in first week.

After breaking through in 2014 with two top 10 hit singles on the Hot Rap Songs chart, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd has its sights set on the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The act (brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown and Aaquil "Slim Jimmy" Brown) released its debut album SremmLife on Jan. 6 through Eardruma/Interscope Records. Industry forecasters suggest the set may sell upwards of 45,000 to 50,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 11. The album features the hit singles "No Flex Zone" (which peaked at No. 8 on Hot Rap Songs) and the No. 2 smash "No Type." The act's latest Rap hit, "Throw Sum Mo," featuring Nicki Minaj & Young Thug, debuts at No. 19 on the chart dated Jan. 17.

The top 10 of the new Billboard 200 chart will be revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Rae Sremmurd could be the Billboard 200's highest debut, and only arrival in the top 10, as the year gets off to a traditionally slow start in terms of new releases. Taylor Swift's 1989 will likely remain in the No. 1 slot for a ninth nonconsecutive week.

As the Billboard 200 reflects the overall consumption of albums (including track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA]), one can't look only to pure album sales to determine the chart's final ranking. Still, album sales make up the bulk of the chart's units, thus providing a good indication of where an album will end up on the Billboard 200.

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