Kanye West’s new Jesus Is King album is heading for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the set, which was released on Oct. 25 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, may launch atop the list with perhaps between 230,000 and 260,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 31.
If Jesus Is King bows at No. 1, it will grant West his ninth No. 1 album. Further, West would land a pair of record-tying feats: he would match Eminem for both the most consecutive No. 1 albums (nine), and the most debuts at No. 1 in-a-row (nine).
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 Nov. 9-dated Billboard 200 chart, where Jesus Is King could debut at No. 1, is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 3.
West’s last album, 2018’s Ye, debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 208,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 85,000 were in album sales.