In an age where the casual listener has very little interest in supporting albums, it’s become quite apparent that Rap/Hip Hop is one of the only fields left to impressive first week numbers on the Billboard 200.
For, when Rihanna‘s lackluster 198,000 units for ‘Talk That Talk’ are placed next to Drake‘s 631,000 units moved with 2011′s ‘Take Care‘, there’s no denying that US Rap continues to pull number of stunts and tricks on its Hot 100 heavy Pop counterpart.
Now, by way of his latest album ‘God Forgives, I Don’t‘, Rick Ross is set to join an elite group of Rappers making major waves on the Billboard 200.
Heading to #1 on this week’s US Album Chart, ‘Forgives‘ is set to shift between 210k-220k and will see him outsell Joss Stone’s ‘The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2′ which is set to pull a humble 25,000 units.
If these predictions come to pass, the LP hand the MC his highest first week number and one of the highest debuts to date this year.
This week’s projected Top Ten below:
|Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart|
|1||NEW||Rick Ross||“God Forgives, I Don’t”|
|2||1||Zac Brown Band||“Uncaged”|
|3||5||Kidz Bop Kids||“Kidz Bop 22″|
|5||7||One Direction||“Up All Night”|
|6||NEW||Joss Stone||“The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2″|
|7||2||Nas||“Life Is Good”|
|8||NEW||Gloriana||“A Thousand Miles Left Behind”|
|The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan’s tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.|