Country superstar Kenny Chesney is on track for a No. 2 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with Songs for the Saints, while Drake’s Scorpion will likely hold onto the top slot for a fifth straight week.
According to industry forecasters, the former set might launch with over 65,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 2, while Scorpion looks like it could earn around 150,000 units.
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. 11-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Songs for the Saints will likely bow at No. 2) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Assuming Chesney’s Songs bows in the runner-up slot, it will secure the artist his 15th top 10 effort. His last album, the live set Live in No Shoes Nation, bounded in at No. 1 on the Nov. 18, 2017-dated list with 219,000 units (encouraged by sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer). Songs is not benefitting from such an offer.
As for Drake, Scorpion should easily score a fifth consecutive week at No. 1, extending the album’s claim as the set with the most weeks at No. 1 in 2018. The last album to earn five weeks at No. 1 was The Weeknd’s Starboy, with five nonconsecutive frames (its debut frame on Dec. 17, 2016, and then four straight weeks between Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 2017).