Chart Check: Nicki Minaj On Course To Lose No. 1 Spot on Billboard Hot 200 Album Charts To Travis Scott, First Weeks Estimates Revised [Details]

Posted August 15, 2018

It looks like the fight for the no. 1 album in the country this week continues and Nicki Minaj may have a real fight for the kingdom on her hands with fellow MC, Travis Scott.

According to Billboard, the two are both vying for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts and its looking very close. Early estimates have been revised with the final sales totals looking as such below:


  • Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) 155-165k Total, 40-50k Albums
  • *Nicki Minaj (YMCMB/Republic) 145-155k, 56-61k
  • Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 97-102k, 8-9k
  • *Trippie Redd (TenThousand) 65-70k, 13-15k
  • Post Malone (Republic) 53-58k, 4-5k
  • Juice WRLD (Grade A/Interscope) 34-37k, <1k
  • Cardi B (Atlantic) 32-35k, 1-2k
  • XXXTentacion (Bad Vibes Forever) 30-33k, 1-2k
  • *Jason Mraz (Atlantic) 27-30k, 23-26k
  • YG (Def Jam) 23-26k, 2-3k

According to the industry bible, Travis may take the spot for his second week in a row on the charts.

Via Billboard:

On next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, Nicki Minaj’s new Queen and Travis Scott’s reigning champ Astroworld are vying for No. 1, according to industry forecasters.

Those in the know suggest that the two sets could each earn around 160,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 16.

Queen was released Aug. 10 via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. Astroworld, which dropped on Aug. 3 through Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic Records, debuted atop the chart dated Aug. 18 with 2018’s second-largest week for an album: 537,000 units earned in the week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen

While the bulk of Queen’s units will be generated from streaming activity, the album will also benefit from sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with her upcoming tour, as well as a range of merchandise/album bundles sold through Minaj’s official online shop. As for Astroworld, the album will have a natural second-week decline, but will still reap handsome streaming figures, as well as sales supported by a bevy of merchandise/album bundles.

Stay tuned!




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