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Tyler, the Creator, Meek Mill & Lana Del Rey All Vying for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Meek Mill, Lana Del Rey & Tyler, The Creator
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Meek Mill, Lana Del Rey & Tyler, The Creator

Plus: "Descendants 2," Romeo Santos & Linkin Park heading for top 10.

Meek Mill, Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey are all aiming for No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that Mill’s Wins & Losses could earn perhaps 90,000 to 95,000 equivalent units in the week ending July 27, while Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy might tally 85,000 to 95,000 and Del Rey’s Lust for Life could earn around 85,000 to 90,000.

For Tyler, Flower Boy would mark his first No. 1 on the list (he previously went as high as No. 3 in 2013 with Wolf). For Mill and Del Rey, it would be their second leader (following Dreams Worth More Than Money and Ultraviolence, respectively).

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. 12-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Meek Mill, Tyler, the Creator and Del Rey will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, July 30.

Elsewhere in the top 10 next week, watch for possible debuts from the Descendants 2 soundtrack (with perhaps 45,000 units) and Romeo SantosGolden (35,000). In addition, Linkin Park is on course to return to the top 10 with its former No. 1 One More Light (40,000) and Hybrid Theory (35,000). On the Aug. 5-dated chart, One More Light and Hybrid Theory re-entered the chart at Nos. 17 and 27, respectively, following the death of the band’s singer, Chester Bennington, on July 20.

The first Descendants soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2015, earning 42,000 units in its first week. As for Santos, if Golden starts as anticipated, it will grant the artist his third top 10 effort.

Next week's busy chart comes a week after the 10 was rather sleepy, where only one new album (French Montana's Jungle Rules) debuted in the region.