Lil Wayne should earn the highest debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper’s new album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” is on course to arrive at No. 2. Industry sources suggest the set could sell around 190,000 to 210,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 31.
That likely won’t be enough to knock the current king of the chart — Justin Timberlake — out of the No. 1 slot with his “The 20/20 Experience.” It launched at No. 1 this week with 968,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it’s too early to tell how much “20/20” will sell in its second week on the chart, sources indicate Timberlake should easily beat Wayne.
The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, April 3.
Lil Wayne’s last studio release, “Tha Carter V,” bowed at No. 1 with 964,000 in 2011. Before that, his first “I Am Not a Human Being” album debuted at No. 2 with 110,000 in 2010 as a digital-only release, before jumping to No. 1 two weeks later (125,000) once the physical CD arrived in stores.
As we noted earlier today (March 27), few major albums were released last week against Timberlake’s “20/20.” Conversely, this week’s batch of new releases carries a lot of bold-faced names, including Blake Shelton, Depeche Mode, the Strokes, OneRepublic and Alan Jackson.
At the present, Shelton should see his new “Based on a True Story” start in the No. 3 slot with north of 150,000 copies — securing his best sales week yet. His largest frame was logged when 2011’s “Red River Blue” bowed at No. 1 with 116,000.
Veteran band Depeche Mode should land its seventh top 10 album as “Delta Machine,” its first for Columbia Records, is headed for a start of around 55,000. The act’s last studio set, 2009’s “Sounds of the Universe,” debuted and peaked at No. 3 off a 80,000 start.
Also on tap for a top 10 debut: OneRepublic’s new “Native” (50,000), Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories Vol. II” (45,000) and the Strokes’ “Comedown Machine” (40,000).