Dave Matthews Band's 'Come Tomorrow' Bound for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Album set to launch with the biggest week for a rock set in more than a year.
Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow is on course for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart -- and with the biggest week of 2018 for a rock act. Industry forecasters suggest the set -- released on June 8 via Bama Rags/RCA Records -- could launch atop the list with over 250,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 14.
If Come Tomorrow starts at No. 1, it will secure the group its seventh chart-topping set.
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 23-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Dave Matthews Band could start at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, June 17.
Assuming Come Tomorrow starts with at least 250,000 units, that would mark the biggest week for a rock album since 2016. The last rock set to score a bigger week was Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which bowed at No. 1 with 291,000 units (according to Nielsen Music) on the chart dated Dec. 10, 2016.
Come Tomorrow’s first week will be bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the group’s U.S. tour, which launched on May 18 and continues through September.
Come Tomorrow is Dave Matthews Band’s first studio album since 2012’s Away From the World, which also bowed atop the list. It launched with 266,000 copies sold in its first week, back before the list transitioned from a pure sales chart to an equivalent album units-ranked tally in late 2014.
If Come Tomorrow arrives at No. 1, it will mark the seventh consecutive chart-topper studio effort from the group. All of the band’s studio sets, starting with 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets, has debuted at No. 1. (In between those studio efforts, the group charted with live sets and compilations, but those did not reach No. 1.)