Rapper NAV is set for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with his new album Bad Habits, according to industry forecasters. His new set, which was released on March 22 via XO/Republic Records, is expected to earn around 80,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 28.
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 April 6-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Bad Habits may debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, March 31.
Bad Habits is NAV’s second full-length studio album, and if it starts at No. 1, it will mark his fourth chart entry on the tally. He previously visited the top 10 with his debut studio set, Reckless, which opened and peaked at No. 8 on the June 2, 2018, chart. He also logged chart entries with the collaborative mixtape Perfect Timing with Metro Boomin (No. 13 on Aug. 12, 2017) and his self-titled mixtape (No. 24 on March 18, 2017).
Bad Habits’ first-week figure will be driven by streaming activity, like most hip-hop releases. Though, it will also boast a notable sales figure driven by merchandise/album bundles sold via NAV’s official store. Bad Habits’ first-week sum was also aided by the mid-week release of a deluxe edition of the album, which sports eight bonus tracks.
Elsewhere in the new top 10, watch for Rich the Kid’s new The World Is Yours 2 to launch perhaps in the top five with around 40,000 to 45,000 units. Meanwhile, XXXTentacion’s former No. 1, ?, could surge back into the top five with around 40,000 units. The ? album celebrated its one-year anniversary, and was rereleased with additional tracks and within a number of merchandise/album bundles.