On next week’s Billboard 200 chart, watch for Kendrick Lamar to notch his second No. 1 with the surprise album Untitled Unmastered. Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released March 4, could earn over 170,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10. Of that sum, perhaps 130,000 to 140,000 could be pure album sales.
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 March 26-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Lamar is aiming for No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, March 13.