'Black Panther: The Album' Heading for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Black Panther: The Album is set for a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest the set — which is the companion album to the blockbuster Marvel Studios film Black Panther — could earn around 130,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 22. That would follow the album’s No. 1 debut on the chart, after it tallied 154,000 units in the frame ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music.
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 March 3, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Black Panther may score a second week at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Notably, Black Panther: The Album’s second week on the chart will reflect the impact of the film’s huge debut in movie theaters on Feb. 16. The album’s opening week reflected the tracking week ending Feb. 15.
Black Panther earned the second-largest four-day opening in history at the U.S. and Canada box office, with $242 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The only film to score a bigger four-day opening was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with $288 million.
Black Panther: The Album was released on Feb. 9 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records, and features music from and inspired by the film. The set includes tracks by Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid and James Blake. Lamar also curated and produced the album with Top Dawg Entertainment’s founder/CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith.