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Shawn Mendes' New Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Self-titled set could earn Mendes his biggest week ever in both units & album sales.

Shawn Mendes is on his way to a third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.

Those in the know suggest Mendes’ new self-titled album, which was released on May 25 via Island Records, could earn over 165,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 31. Of that sum, traditional album sales could comprise over 135,000. Both figures would represent new highs for Mendes.

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 June 9-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Mendes’ new album will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 3.

Mendes’ new effort is his third full-length studio set, and it follows Illuminate (No. 1 in 2016) and Handwritten (No. 1 in 2015). He’s also charted with two live albums (MTV Unplugged; No. 71 in 2017 and Live at Madison Square Garden, No. 200 in 2017) along with his debut project, The Shawn Mendes EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2014. 

If Mendes’ new album starts as expected, it will log the pop singer-songwriter his best week in both overall units and album sales. His previous high-water marks were earned with Illuminate, which bowed with 145,000 units (with 121,000 of that in album sales), according to Nielsen Music.

Other albums aiming for top 10 bows on next week’s Billboard 200 chart include A$AP Rocky’s Testing, Pusha T’s Daytona and ChvrchesLove Is Dead.