Ariana Grande vs. Drake for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Ariana Grande photographed in 2016.

Ariana Grande and Drake are vying for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that Grande’s new Dangerous Woman, which was released on May 20 through Republic Records, could earn around 160,000 to 165,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 26.

Her labelmate Drake is putting up a fight for the top slot, as his own Views album could hold for a fourth straight week at No. 1, with around the same number of units. (Views was released via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic.)

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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 11-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Grande and Drake are neck and neck) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 29.

Dangerous Woman is Grande’s third full-length studio album, and follows two previous No. 1 debuts: Yours Truly in 2013 (which launched with 138,000 in pure album sales in its first week, according to Nielsen Music) and My Everything in 2014 (debuting with 169,000 sold). Of Dangerous Woman’s first week unit total, about 125,000 to 130,000 could be in pure album sales.

Elsewhere in the upcoming top 10, watch for Blake Shelton’s new If I’m Honest to likely start at No. 3 with around 150,000 units (of which 135,000 or more could be in traditional album sales). Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels will perhaps secure the legend his 22nd top 10 album (with around 40,000 units), and Eric Clapton could also bow in the top 10 with his new effort, I Still Do (35,000 units). 

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