Drake's 'Scorpion' Set for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Future Aiming for Top 3


Drake’s Scorpion album should easily secure a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest the set will earn over 300,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 12. The album bowed atop the list dated July 14 with 732,000 units earned in the week ending July 5 — the largest week for an album in 2018.

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 July 21-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Drake will likely hold at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, July 15.

If Scorpion secures a second week frame over 300,000 units, it will log the biggest second week for an album in over two years. The last set to log more than 300,000 units in its second stanza was Drake’s own Views, which earned 313,000 units in its second stanza at No. 1 on the May 28, 2016-dated chart. The previous week, the album blew in with 1.04 million units.

Further, if Scorpion holds at No. 1, it will become just the fourth album to log multiple weeks atop the chart in 2018. It would follow Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (three straight weeks at No. 1), Black Panther: The Album (three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in-a-row at No. 1).

The highest debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart will likely be Future’s streaming-only album Beastmode 2. The set, released on July 6 Freebandz/Epic Records, may earn around 60,000 units, and likely bow at No. 3.

If Beastmode 2 arrives in the top 10, it will grant the rapper his ninth top 10 effort.

Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys will likely be sandwiched between Scorpion and Beastmode 2 with around 70,000 units earned.

The chart’s second highest new arrival may come from Meek Mill with his new four-song Legends the Summer EP. The set, released through Maybach/Atlantic Records, could start in the lower part the top 10. The effort is his first new album since his release from prison in April.