Rapper Nipsey Hussle and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile are aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest albums. According to industry forecasters, Nipsey Hussle’s debut studio effort, Victory Lap, and Carlile’s new By the Way, I Forgive You could both launch with around 40,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 22. Both albums were released on Feb. 16.
It’s expected that Black Panther: The Album will hold at No. 1 for a second week, with perhaps 130,000 units.
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 new March 3, 2018-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Black Panther may score a second week at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Nipsey Hussle made his Billboard chart debut in 2010 with the song “The Life,” which reached No. 16 on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart. He’s landed a pair mixtapes on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart: Crenshaw (No. 61 peak in 2013) and Mailbox Money (No. 18 in 2015).
As for Carlile, her new effort is her first since 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which debuted and peaked at a career-high No. 9 on the Billboard 200 (43,000 units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music). Her new album’s lead single, “The Joke,” has so far peaked at No. 8 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.