The set is aiming to launch with one of the top 10 biggest streaming weeks ever for an album in the U.S.
As earlier reported, Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next is surging toward a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Initially (on Feb. 10), industry forecasters suggested the album could bow with perhaps 280,000 to 300,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 14. Now, the album’s first-week forecast has jumped to 330,000 units.
If Thank U starts as expected, it will nab the largest week for any album since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V bowed at No. 1 on the Oct. 13, 2018-dated list with 480,000 units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Thank U would also score the biggest week for an album by a woman since Taylor Swift's reputation blew in at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017, chart with 1.2 million 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 Feb. 23-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Thank U could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 17.