Eminem is going to top the Billboard 200 chart once again but his numbers won’t be as impressive as they once were. According to a report by HITS Daily Double, Slim Shady’s Revival album is expected to move 250,000 to 260,000 units (sale plus streaming) with 180,000 to 190,000 coming in pure album sales.
This is a dramatic dropoff from his previous album, 2013’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, which moved 792,000 units in its first week. If the projections are true, Revival will garner Eminem’s worst first week sales since 1999’s Slim Shady LP, which sold 283,000 copies.
While Eminem’s sales are noticeably down, the projections would put him on par with one of his contemporaries, JAY-Z. Hov’s critically acclaimed 4:44 moved 262,000 units in its debut week. Eminem’s sales fall well short of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which sold 603,000 copies in its first week, and Drake’s More Life, which moved 505,000 copies.
Check out more of the sales projections below.
G-Eazy (BPG/Revels Group/RCA) 130-140k, 80-90k
Jeezy (Def Jam) 55-65k, 35-40k
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Walt Disney) 40-44k, 37-40k
N.E.R.D. (N.E.R.D./Columbia) 19-23k, 11-13k