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Cher, Logic & Kevin Gates All Aiming for Top 5 Debuts on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Machado Cicala


New albums from Cher, Logic and Kevin Gates are all heading for debuts inside the top five of the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry forecasters.

As previously reported, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V is heading for a No. 1 debut next week, with perhaps over 450,000 units.

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 Oct. 13-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Tha Carter V should debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Logic’s YSIV could bow with over 160,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 4, according to prognosticators. If it starts as expected, it will garner the hip-hop artist his fifth top 10 effort. The new set, which was issued on Sept. 28 via Visionary/Def Jam Recordings, follows a pair of No. 1s from Logic: Bobby Tarantino II and Everybody, in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Meanwhile, Cher’s Dancing Queen may debut with 160,000 equivalent album units. The all-ABBA covers album was released via Warner Bros. Records on Sept. 28 and would earn the diva her sixth top 10 album. It follows her previous studio set, Closer to the Truth, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2013.

The new album was led by the single “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” which rises 15-8 on the Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 6), notching Cher her 14th top 10 hit on the tally.

Gates’ Luca Brasi 3 is on track to launch with perhaps 70,000 units and would land the rapper his third top 10 set. He previously visited the region with By Any Means 2 (No. 4 on the Oct. 14, 2017-dated chart) and Islah (No. 2; Oct. 20, 2016). Luca Brasi 3 was released on Sept. 28 through Bread Winners’ Association/Atlantic Group.

Other new titles from the Sept. 28 release schedule heading for significant debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 include alt-J’s Reduxer, Elevation Worship’s Hallelujah Here Below, Loretta Lynn’s Wouldn’t It Be Great, Rod Stewart’s Blood Red Roses, Tom Petty’s An American Treasure, Beartooth’s Disease and Cypress Hill’s Elephants on Acid.