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Drake's 'Care Package' Primed for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Drake attends the premiere of "Euphoria" at the ArcLight Hollywood on June 4, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Drake is on his way to a ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters.

Those in the know suggest his new Care Package odds 'n' sods compilation could earn more than 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 8. The set, which was released on Aug. 2 via OVO Sound/Republic Records, collects 17 of Drake’s stray tracks -- many of which were never officially released and only available via SoundCloud or YouTube.

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. 17-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Care Package may bow at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Drake has previously hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Scorpion (five weeks at No. 1 in 2018), More Life (three weeks, 2017), Views (13 weeks, 2016), What a Time to Be Alive with Future (one week, 2015), If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (one, 2015), Nothing Was the Same (one, 2013), Take Care (one, 2011) and Thank Me Later (one, 2010).

Other albums aiming for significant debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 include Lil Durk’s Love Songs 4 the Streets 2, Skillet’s Victorious, Tyler Childers’ Country Squire, and the Descendants 3 soundtrack. Meanwhile, rock band Tool could see four of its albums re-enter the chart, led by Ænima, after the band released most of its catalog to digital retail and streaming services on Aug. 2. The act may also see one of its albums hit the Billboard 200 for the very first time, as the Opiate EP might debut on the tally. Opiate was released in 1992, and though it never charted on the Billboard 200, it went on to sell 1.27 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.