On next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, a handful of titles are vying for No. 1, thanks to a particularly soft week on the list, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits, Lil Pum?p’s self-titled album and NF’s Perception are all in the hunt for No. 1 – and each could earn around 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 12.
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 Oct. 28-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Petty, Lil Pump and NF are all aiming for No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Next week’s race for No. 1 is largely owed to how few major albums were released on Oct. 6 — following a month of A-listers parading in at No. 1 with 100,000-plus weeks. For the past four weeks, the No. 1 title has earned at least 110,000 units – including new albums from Shania Twain and Foo Fighters. (Many big albums were issued in September in order to qualify for the upcoming Grammy Awards, as Sept. 30 was the deadline for new releases to be considered for the 2017 eligibility year.)