JAY-Z's '4:44' Set for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, French Montana Heading for Top 5 Debut
JAY-Z’s 4:44 will likely spend a second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, according to industry forecasters, while French Montana’s new Jungle Rules could bow in the top five. The former may earn more than 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 20, while the latter could tally around 50,000 units.
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 Aug. 5-dated Billboard 200 chart (where JAY-Z is aiming for a second week at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, July 23.
4:44 debuted at No. 1, granting JAY-Z his 14th chart-topping album. It bowed with 262,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music.
If 4:44 spends a second frame at No. 1, it will give JAY-Z a cumulative total of 25 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Of his 14 No. 1 albums, eight have spent a single week at No. 1 (including 4:44), while four have racked up two weeks at No. 1. Two of his chart-toppers clocked three or more weeks at No. 1: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (five weeks at No. 1) and The Blueprint (three weeks at No. 1).
As for French Montana, Jungle Rules -- his second studio album -- could earn him his highest-charting effort yet. If it bows at No. 3 or higher, it will surpass the No. 4 peak of his 2013 debut set, Excuse My French.
French Montana will likely be the only debuting title in next week’s top 10, as the next-highest new entry will likely come from Coldplay’s Kaleidoscope EP, which may launch somewhere in the top 20.