Plus: Leon Bridges, Shinedown & Rae Sremmurd on course for top 10 debuts; Childish Gambino heading for big gains.
After Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with the year’s biggest week, the album is set for a second stanza at No. 1, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest beerbongs could ring the gong again next week with perhaps over 170,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 10. The effort started at No. 1 with 461,000 units tallied in the frame ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music.
If beerbongs spends a second week atop the list, it will mark the third title to rack up multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2018 — and the first by an artist — following Black Panther: The Album (with three weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in the top slot).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the May 19-dated Billboard 200 chart (where beerbongs should hold at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 13.
On tap for top 10 debuts on next week’s chart: Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, Shinedown’s ATTENTION ATTENTION and Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM. The three albums could each bow with maybe 55,000 to 60,000 units. The three acts are on course for their second, fourth and third top 10 efforts, respectively.
Also on track to make a splash on next week’s chart: Childish Gambino. Following the May 5 release of his buzzy new song and video for “This Is America,” there has been renewed interest in his previous albums. His last studio set, 2016’s “Awaken, My Love!,” could re-enter the chart straight into the top 100, while his earlier release, 2013’s Because the Internet, will like jump back onto the tally as well.