Rick Ross & Depeche Mode Bound for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Anton Corbijn
Depeche Mode

Rick Ross and Depeche Mode are heading for debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Ross’ Rather You Than Me and Depeche Mode’s Spirit (both released March 17) could each start in the top 5 of the chart dated April 8.

Prognosticators suggest Ross’ album might launch with around 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 23, while Depeche Mode’s set may bow with 60,000 or so. If the albums bow in the top 10, they will mark the ninth and eighth top 10 efforts, respectively, for Ross and Depeche Mode.

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 April 8-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, March 26.

Ross’ last album, 2015’s Black Market, debuted and peaked at No. 6 with 65,000 units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Depeche Mode’s last studio set, 2013’s Delta Machine, also launched at No. 6 (its peak), but with 52,000 units.

As for the No. 1 album next week, Drake’s More Life is still on track to open atop the tally. It will likely launch with around 525,000 to 550,000 units earned.