The mixtape, which was originally released for free in early 2009, but never commercially issued or distributed to streaming services until Feb. 15 of this year, may debut in the top five of next week’s Billboard 200 chart with perhaps 45,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 21. So Far Gone made its commercial and streaming debut celebrate the 10th anniversary of the mixtape’s original release.
If So Far Gone arrives in the top 10, it will secure Drake his 10th top 10 album.
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 March 2-dated Billboard 200 chart (where So Far Gone may bow in the top five) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 24.
While the full So Far Gone album never previously charted on Billboard’s album charts (back in 2009, an album needed to be commercially released in order to chart), a distillation of the set did reach Billboard tallies later that year. The So Far Gone EP was released later in 2009 as Drake’s first commercially released album (via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records).
The EP combined five tracks from the previously released full-length mixtape (including his first Billboard Hot 100 hit, the No. 2-peaking “Best I Ever Had”), along with two new cuts. The So Far Gone EP debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 3, 2009. All eight of Drake’s subsequent releases, through Scorpion in 2018, have debuted at No. 1.