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Lil Uzi Vert’s “Luv Is Rage 2” Projected For #1 On Billboard 200; QOTSA Expected To Win Sales Race

“Luv Is Rage 2” will be the week’s most-consumed album, while “Villains” will likely win the sales race.

[Photo: Lil Uzi Vert | Spike Jordan/Atlantic]

This week’s US albums race will likely yield a split-chart scenario.

Queens Of The Stone Age’s “Villains” is the current frontrunner on the pure album sales front. Lil Uzi Vert’s “Luv Is Rage 2,” however, looks set to post a markedly greater overall consumption total.

According to Hits Daily Double, “Villains” is on track to shift about 50-55,000 pure US copies this week. No other album is expected to break 40,000.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500), however, tips the scale in favor of the Lil Uzi Vert album. While it is only expected to sell 25-28,000 pure copies, the TEA and SEA units may lift its first-week consumption total to 110-120,000.

“Villains,” on the other hand, is expected to post 55-60,000 in overall consumption. It is certain to trail “Luv Is Rage 2” on that front, and it may also debut below XXXTentacion’s “17” (projected for 65-70,000 units, with 15-18K coming from pure sales).

Pure sales figures inform placement on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. Consumption drives the Billboard 200.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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