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Zayn Heading for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart With 'Mind of Mine'

Zayn Malik Mind of Mine 2016
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Cover art for Mind of Mine by Zayn.

Zayn’s debut solo album, Mind of Mine, is heading for a No. 1 bow atop the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on March 25 through RCA Records, could earn upwards of 160,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31. Of that sum, perhaps 120,000 could be pure album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 16-dated chart (where Zayn may open at No. 1) is scheduled to have its top 10 revealed on Sunday, April 3.

If Mind of Mine starts at No. 1, Zayn will succeed Gwen Stefani, who notched her first solo No. 1 album with This Is What the Truth Feels Like on the April 9-dated chart. Stefani, like Zayn, previously visited the No. 1 slot as part of a group: Stefani is the lead singer of the band No Doubt, which topped the chart with Tragic Kingdom. Zayn was formerly a member of the vocal group One Direction, which hit No. 1 with four albums (Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Four) during his time with the act.

Mind of Mine was led by Zayn’s debut solo single “Pillowtalk,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February. The achievement made Zayn the first U.K. artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with their first charted single.

Other albums on course for a high debut on the new Billboard 200 chart include K. Michelle’s More Issues Than Vogue (with around 50,000 units or so), Asking Alexandria’s The Black (30,000 units) and Young Thug’s Slime Season 3 (30,000 units).