As the rave reviews continue to roll in for the Beyonce-curated album, ‘Lion King: The Gift’ (released July 19), the diva’s received news the star-studded set’s on track to unseat the current Billboard 200 champion – Ed Sheeran‘s ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ – from the tally’s top spot.
Like we reported here, ‘The Gift’ – thanks to help from its leading cuts ‘Bigger’ and ‘Spirit’ – came out of the box swinging with a commercial response that helped it pounce right to the top of digital tallies. Now, with a day of sales and streaming activity behind it, industry analysts have enough data to make a forecast of how well it will perform commercially by the end of its inaugural tracking week.
Beyonce’s ‘Lion King: The Gift’
First Week Sales (SPS): 50k – 70k (predicted)
First Week Sales (Pure): 13-18k (predicted)
First Week Billboard 200 placement: #1 (predicted)
If the prediction rings true, Beyonce – already dominating history books as the first artist to see her first 6 solo albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 – will extend that reign.
As for the film’s accompanying soundtrack, the project – released July 11 – is reportedly readying a leap into the chart’s top 10 as well. Currently pacing toward projected sales of 17-22k SPS by next Friday, it’s anticipated that figure will increase due to favorable response to the film (which hit theaters July 19). Read more about its box office domination by clicking here.