Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' Set to Dethrone Drake's 'Scorpion' With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Travis Scott is on course for his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest his new effort, Astroworld, should launch atop next week’s chart with perhaps 450,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 9. It will likely push aside Drake’s Scorpion, which has spent its first five weeks at No. 1.
Scott's amusement park-themed new album has done robust business on streaming services, and is also selling well thanks to an array of Astroworld-inspired merchandise/album bundles sold via Scott’s official website.
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 Aug. 18-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Astroworld will likely debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Aug. 12.
If Astroworld starts with 450,000, it will score the third-biggest week of 2018 for an album, following the debut frames of Drake’s Scorpion (732,000 units, according to Nielsen Music) and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (461,000).
Astroworld was released on Aug. 3 via Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic Records, and is Scott’s first album since his 2016 chart-topping set Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. That album bowed atop the tally with 88,000 units earned in its first week.