Rapper Wale is aiming for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest release, The Album About Nothing. Industry forecasters suggest the set -- which is inspired by the comedy series Seinfeld and features Jerry Seinfeld himself -- may earn over 90,000 in equivalent album units in the week ending April 5.
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 new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, April 8.
If The Album About Nothing debuts at No. 1, it would mark Wale’s second leader, following 2013’s The Gifted. The latter set opened atop the list with 158,000 copies sold (in traditional album sales).
Also, if Wale hits No. 1 (and thus bumps current champ Kendrick Lamar and his To Pimp a Butterfly out of the penthouse) it will grant the Billboard 200 back-to-back rap No. 1s for the first time in over a year. It last happened on the March 22, 2014-dated chart, when Rick Ross’ Mastermind debuted at No. 1, the week after Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron bowed atop the tally.