Adele’s 25 should easily spend a fourth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. The diva’s blockbuster set may sell upwards of 750,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 17 — its fourth week on sale. In its first three weeks of release, it sold 5.19 million. (Thus, in its first month on sale, 25‘s pure album sales may total 5.9 million.)
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 new Jan. 2, 2016-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s Web sites on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Adele currently rules many of Billboard’s charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 (25’s lead single “Hello” is No. 1 for a seventh week) and the Billboard Artist 100. In addition, “Hello” is tops on Radio Songs, Streaming Songs, Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks, Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs, Dance Club Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
Among the albums aiming for high debuts on the new Jan. 2-dated Billboard 200 are August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life (with perhaps 40,000 in total units), R. Kelly’s The Buffet (35,000 or so) and Cam’s Untamed (30,000).