Who’s well on his way to earning his 7th consecutive #1 album? Eminem, that’s who.
The Grammy-winning rap superstar, whose last opus – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ – topped the charts in 2013 sent fans into a frenzy earlier this year when he unexpectedly announced the arrival of ‘Revival,’ his latest set (released December 15th). Although boasting an all-star list of collaborators including the likes of P!nk, Alicia Keys, and more, this studio effort (unlike the seven before it) was not preceded to chart battle by an out-of-the-box hit as its lead single – the Beyonce-assisted ‘Walk on Water’ – quickly sank on charts.
However, if the predicted sales of the tune’s parent project are any indication, ‘Water’s nonperformance didn’t hinder its ability to sail right onto the top of the Billboard 200. Look inside to see just how many its expected to move by the end of its tracking week next Friday:
Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Predicted First Week Sales
Predicted Chart Placement: #1
If the reads above prove true, Em – though scoring his lowest first full week sales since his 1999 major label debut (‘The Slim Shady LP’) – will lead a hip-hop heavy race for the chart’s summit. See how his competitors are expected to fare [source]:
G-Eazy (BPG/Revels Group/RCA) 135-155k, 85-95k
Jeezy (Def Jam) 55-65k, 35-40k
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Walt Disney) 38-44k, 36-40k
N.E.R.D. (N.E.R.D./Columbia) 16-21k, 9-12k
Like Slim Shady, N.E.R.D. took an extensive break before surprising fans with a return single featuring one of Urban music’s leading ladies (see: Rihanna & ‘Lemon’). Unfortunately, also like Em, not even that star’s mega-pull could lift the tune to hitmaking heights as – to date – ‘Lemon’ has stalled at #60 on the Hot 100.
The result of that non-performance is reflected in the tune parent album’s, ‘No One Really Dies,’ first week sales (seen above) as the LP is set to be D.O.A.