Paul McCartney, Lauren Daigle & Russ Aiming for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Plus: the late Mac Miller’s “Swimming” may return to the top 10.

Eminem’s Kamikaze may hold at No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the set could earn around 120,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 13, which might be enough for it to hang on to the top slot. Kamikaze launched at No. 1 with 434,000 units earned in the week ending Sept. 6, according to Nielsen Music.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney’s new Egypt Station — which was released on Sept. 7 MPL/Capitol Records — could arrive in the No. 2 slot, and is flirting with a No. 1 debut. The album could tally 115,000-plus units for the week.

If Egypt starts at No. 1, it will earn McCartney his eighth leader on the list, and first since 1982’s Tug War.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 the Sept. 22-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Egypt Station will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Sept. 16.   

Elsewhere in the top 10, Lauren Daigle could score her highest charting album, and first top 10, with Look Up Child. Prognosticators suggest the effort may earn around 100,000 units. Hip-hop artist Russ may log his second top 10 with ZOO, as it could start with 80,000 units. Meanwhile, Mac Miller’s Swimming will likely return to the top 10 with around 60,000 units, following his death on Sept. 7. Swimming debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the list dated Aug. 18.