Meghan Trainor's 'Thank You' Heading for Top 3 Debut on Billboard 200
Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper’s streaming-only "Coloring Book" is eyeing a high debut.
Meghan Trainor’s second full-length album, Thank You, is heading for a top three debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest the set, which was released on May 13 through Epic Records, could earn perhaps 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 19. Of that sum, around 75,000 to 80,000 could be in traditional 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 June 4-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Trainor may bow in the top three) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 22.
Thank You follows Trainor’s first full-length set, Title, which debuted at No. 1 in January 2015 with 238,000 units and 195,000 copies sold.
At the top of the new chart, watch for Drake’s Views to hold on tight to the No. 1 slot for a third week, with perhaps 150,000 to 175,000 units.
Rock band Pierce the Veil is set to earn its highest charting album yet, and first top 10 set, with its new release Misadventures. The album could launch with around 50,000 to 55,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). That would also mark the largest sales week for the band, easily surpassing their previous high: 27,000 when Collide With the Sky launched at No. 12 in 2012.
Coloring Book is only available as a streaming set through Apple Music, and could debut with around 30,000 to 35,000 units. (That would equate to around 45 million to 52.5 million streams for the album’s tracks.) If Coloring Book debuts on the chart, it would be the first streaming exclusive set to reach the tally.
Nettles’ Playing With Fire could enter the chart with around 30,000 to 35,000 as well, with most of that sum generated by pure album sales.