Black Panther: The Album is heading for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the soundtrack, which was released on Feb. 9 via Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records, could launch with over 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 15. The album features music from and inspired by the new Marvel Studios film Black Panther, which opens in theaters on Feb. 16.
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 Feb. 24, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Black Panther will likely debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 18.
The Black Panther album includes five tracks featuring Kendrick Lamar -- who curated and produced the album with Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith -- along with tunes by The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and James Blake, among others.