Big Sean is projected to top the Billboard 200 album charts with his new LP Dark Sky Paradise. According to Billboard, the "Blessings" rapper should sell about 140,000 units in its first week, which would be enough to make it to No. 1 in the week ending March 1.
This would be Big Sean's first No. 1 album out of his three released LPs, 2011's Finally Famous and 2013's Hall of Fame. Finally Famous debuted at No. 3 with 87,000 copies sold in the first week, while Hall of Fame slumped slightly with just 72,000 sold in the first week, debuting and peaking at No. 3.
Released this past Tuesday, Feb. 24, on Def Jam Recordings, Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise has been widely recognized as his best work to date and was announced with a well-planned marketing campaign involving every collaborator on the LP posting the cover art on their Instagram at around the same time. A website was generated for the album and several singles helped build buzz for the LP, while Big Sean did his part with freestyles and additional free content for fans.
Dark Sky Paradise has features from the likes of Kanye West, John Legend, Drake, Jhené Aoki and other artists.
After Big Sean on the charts, Kid Rock's First Kiss is expected to slot in just behind him at No. 2 with approximately 120,000 albums sold. Chris Brown and Tyga's collaborative album Fan of a Fan is projected to come in third by moving around 60,000 copies.
Big Sean is projected to take the top spot from Imagine Dragons, who sold 195,000 copies last week with their album Smoke + Mirrors, and Drake's If You Are Reading This It's Too Late before that, which in its second week still sold 187,000 equivalent LPs.