Early projections have emerged for Drake’s “Scorpion” album, and they confirm the obvious: it will be a dominant #1 on this week’s album charts.
According to Hits Daily Double, “Scorpion” is on track to sell 275-300,000 pure US copies this week. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1250 for paid services, track streams/3750 for free services) included, the album should generate 870-920,000 in opening week consumption.
The projection accounts for a record opening week streaming tally.
The pure sales total will earn “Scorpion” #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, while the consumption tally will be enough for a dominant #1 on the Billboard 200.
The consumption total will, moreover, rank as the biggest of 2018 by a considerable margin.
Assuming that projection holds, “Scorpion” will deliver either the #1 or #2 pure sales tally of 2018. Dave Matthews Band’s “Come Tomorrow” currently holds the #1 distinction with 285,000 in first-week sales.
In terms of studio albums, “Scorpion” is the follow-up to 2016’s “Views.” That album sold 852,000 pure copies and generated 1.04 million total units in its first week.
In between the two, Drake released the “More Life” mixtape. It debuted with 226,000 sales and 505,000 total units.