Kendrick Lamar’s surprise release “untitled unmastered” should cruise to victory on the US album sales chart.
Based on early sales data, Hits Daily Double expects “untitled unmastered” to sell 140-150,000 US copies during its first week of release. The inclusion of Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) should result in a first-week consumption total of 175-185,000.
The numbers will allow “untitled unmastered” to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales and 200 charts, respectively.
Next among new releases (but not necessarily next among overall albums) will be 2 Chainz’ “ColleGrove.” The collaboration with Lil Wayne should sell 35-45,000 pure US copies and drive a total of 55-65,000 consumption units during the March 4-10 tracking week.
Other notable new releases include Ninja Sex Party’s “Under The Covers” (Hits projects 24-27,000), Ray LaMontagne’s “Ouroboros” (~23-26,000 in sales, 25-28,000 in total consumption), Granger Smith’s “Remington” (~23-26,000 in sales, 25-28,000 in total consumption), and Newsboys’ “Love Riot” (~17-19,000 in sales, 18-20,000 in total consumption).