Juice WRLD’s posthumous debut album Legends never die only been out for a day and a half, but it’s already on track for a historic debut.
Legends never die is expected to move 400,000 to 440,000 album equivalent units in its first week, HITS Daily Double reports. This includes 110,000 to 125,000 traditional album sales and 400 million gargantuan on-demand audio streams. This would give Juice WRLD the biggest streaming week of 2020 according to HITS Daily Doublecalculations of. Lil uzi vert’s Eternal grip currently owns the biggest streaming arc of the year; HITS sets it at 376 million, while Billboard chalk up to 400 million.
Juice WRLD’s highly anticipated third studio album also has a chance to mark the biggest overall debut of 2020. The Weeknd currently holds that title with After hours, which scored 444,000 album equivalent units in its first week. This is currently just above the upper range of Week 1 projections for Legends never die, corn those projections should swell as the week progresses.
Legends never die got off to an astronomical start as a result on Spotify on Friday. The album won over 73 million streams, the biggest Spotify debut of 2020, and claimed 20 of the top 25 locations on the U.S. charts. “Conversations” tops the US rankings with 3.452 million streams, the biggest start to the year in the US. The only other artists who debuted in the Spotify top 25 were Kid Cudi and Eminem, whose new collaboration “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” racked up 1.868 million US streams on Friday.
If — or, more precisely, when—Legends never die debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, will mark Juice WRLD’s second consecutive record behind 2019 Death race for love. Judging from the first streaming numbers, several songs from the rapper’s new album are also expected to hit the Billboard Hot 100. Juice WRLD previously peaked at No. 2 on the singles chart with the ubiquitous emo-rap smash “Lucid Dreams”, which has accumulated over a billion Spotify streams and has been certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.
Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, died Dec. 8 after suffering a seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport, less than a week after his 21st birthday. The Cook County medical examiner later determined that the death was the result of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. Juice WRLD’s death caused a outpouring of love and sorrow by Drake, Chance the Rapper, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Nas X, Lil Yachty and countless other celebrities and fans. His name became the main Twitter trend in the United States, as sales and feeds for his catalog skyrocketed in the week following his death.
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