Kendrick Lamar Heading for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200; Incubus Set for Top 10 Debut

Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, Calif.
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Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017 in Indio, Calif.

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. will likely score a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry forecasters. The set could earn around 220,000 to 240,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 27, easily granting it another week at No. 1. DAMN. debuted atop the tally dated May 6, earning 603,000 units in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music -- the largest week for an album in nearly a year.

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 May 13-dated Billboard 200 chart (where DAMN. is set to notch a second week at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, April 30.

With DAMN. seemingly a lock for No. 1, what will the rest of next week’s top 10 look like? Pretty familiar, actually. The only album that seems on course for a top 10 bow is Incubus8, with perhaps 55,000 to 60,000 units. If the album arrives in the top 10, it will grant the rock band its seventh top 10 effort. The act’s last charting set, 2015’s Trust Fall (Side A) EP, debuted and peaked at No. 6. (They’ve logged one chart-topper: 2006’s Light Grenades.)

Other albums that are on course for sizable debuts next week, but just not necessarily in the top 10, include: Blackbear’s Digital Druglord (with around 35,000 units), the Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 soundtrack, and Brad Paisley’s Love and War (the latter two might clear 30,000 units).


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