Big Sean is heading for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources project his new album Dark Sky Paradise to debut with 140,000 album equivalent units earned in the week ending March 1. That should be enough to enable the set, which was released on Feb. 24 through G.O.O.D./Def Jam Records, to bow atop the Billboard 200 chart.
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 new Billboard 200′s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, March 4.
Dark Sky Paradise could sell over 110,000 in traditional album sales, which would easily mark the artist’s biggest sales week yet. 2011′s Finally Famous debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 87,000 copies sold in its first week, while 2013′s Hall Of Fame launched with 72,000 (also debuting and peaking at No. 3).
After Big Sean, look for Kid Rock‘s First Kiss to start in the top five, while Chris Brown and Tyga‘s collaborative album Fan of a Fan should debut in the top 10 as well. The former could shift over 120,000 units, while the latter might move 60,000 or more.
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Two days ago(Feb. 23), Kanye West gave a riveting speech while accepting his Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors. Speaking on love, happiness and race relations within the entertainment industry, Yeezy’s words were compelling and moving. Piers Morgan took a second to reflect on Kanye’s most popular “rants” throughout the years and wrote a passionate article on Mail Online admiring ”the way Kanye fights his corner like a wounded bull careering around a china shop” as he brings to light important issues in America.
“I’ve come to realize that [Kanye West is] the Muhammad Ali of show business: The single most fascinating, compelling, unpredictable, dangerous and uniquely talented star in the world,” said Morgan.
The British journalist, acknowledges that sometimes ‘Ye doesn’t always take the best approach. For example, the 2009 VMAs stint where he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted her award. However, according to Morgan, you can’t help but think that Kanye has a point after he does these things. ”It was Taylor’s moment, and of course he should have let her enjoy it,” said Piers. “And yet, any dispassionate observer would have to agree he was also completely right; Beyonce’s sensational video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring It)” blew Taylor’s “You Belong With Me” to smithereens,” he added. Similarly, Morgan believes Kanye had a point with his recent comments about Beck’s Grammy win for Best Album of the Year. ”And, frankly, if Beck did have an ounce of self-awareness about the cheesy guff he churns out, that’s exactly what he should have done,” said the former CNN news host.
As he continued, Morgan touched on some of Yeezy’s other infamous rants, including ‘Ye’s comments about President Bush not carrying about Black people post Hurricane Katrina, and his fight against homophobia within hip-hop.
Just as the saying goes… Only Iron Can Sharpen Iron, you must understand that Only Chances Make Champions! You can analyze and dissect the game all you want but if you never suit up and play you will never win!
Seven more songs debut from surprise album, giving Drake a record-breaking 21 entries.
Drake rules 42 percent of the 50-position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated March 7), as the hip-hop star has 21 concurrent songs on the tally — breaking his own record for the most simultaneously charting hits in the history of the chart. (The new chart will be refreshed on Billboard‘s websites on Thursday, Feb. 26.)
Seven more tracks from his surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Latedebut on the newest chart, joining the 10 already-charting cuts from the set. Thus, all 17 tracks from Drake’s album are charting on the tally.
His grand total climbs to 21 charting tracks, as he’s also a featured act on four additional songs.
Drake surpasses his previous record for the most concurrently-charting songs — 14 – which he matched a week ago (on the chart dated Feb. 25) following the debut of his album.
The new songs enter off the strength of downloads and streaming, with every track from the set logging no less than 1.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Of the album’s tracks, “Energy” leads the pack, taking Streaming Gainer honors and increasing by 201 percent (to 4.6 million clicks), with 82 percent stemming from Spotify plays. Sales of the cut also rise (up 21 percent to 77,000 downloads), driving it 4-1 on Rap Digital Songs — his first No. 1 as a lead act (and fourth overall) on the still-young chart.
Of his latest arrivals on the chart, “Know Yourself” earns the Hot Shot Debut at No. 23, owed in part to a 13 percent spike in downloads (to 15,000).
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late remains at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 129,000 copies in its second week (down 74 percent). The momentum of the new project secures a second week atop the Billboard Artist 100, where Drake became the first rapper to earn a No. 1 spot.
Here are Drake’s 21 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (dated March 7, 2015):
No. 4 – “Only,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 5 – “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 9 – “Energy”
No. 16 – “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 – “Legend”
No. 19 – “10 Bands”
No. 22 – “Blessings,” Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 23 – “Know Yourself” (Debut)
No. 26 – “No Tellin’”
No. 27 – “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 28 – “6 God” (Debut)
No. 29 – “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne
No. 32 – “Now & Forever”
No. 34 – “6 Man”
No. 38 – “Jungle”
No. 39 – “Star67″ (Debut)
No. 40 – “Madonna” (Debut)
No. 42 – “Company” Featuring Travis Scott” (Debut)
No. 43 – “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 45 – “6PM In New York”
No. 49 – “You & The 6″ (Debut)