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The soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades Darker is bound for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know say the album could earn perhaps 135,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 16, which should easily grant the set a chart-topping bow. The multi-artist album, which boasts Zayn and Taylor Swift’s hit single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” was released Feb. 10 through Republic Records.
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 4, 2017-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Fifty Shades Darker could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Fifty Shades Darker is the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, which saw its companion soundtrack debut and peak at No. 2 on the chart dated Feb. 28, 2015. The set has earned 2.3 million equivalent album units, of which 922,000 are in traditional album sales. The album launched a pair of top 10-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100: The Weeknd’s “Earned It” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” which both peaked at No. 3 on the list.