If you’re sitting somewhere waiting for Future‘s run to let up, get comfortable. You’ll be there a while.
The Atlanta rapper kicked down 2015’s door with mixtapes in January and March, then proceeded to drop two #1 albums–DS2 and What A Time To Be Alive (with Drake)–in July and September, tour with Drake and shut down festival stages nationwide. In 2016, as promised, he isn’t slowing up, and has already dropped a mixtape (Purple Reign) and a new studio album, EVOL, which was premiered on DJ Khaled‘s We The Best Radio show on Beats1 this past Friday, and officially dropped to Apple Music just hours later.
#FutureHive spent the weekend debating favorite songs and deciding where EVOL ranks among the other Future releases of the last year-and-a-half, but the album itself was busy putting numbers up on the board. EVOL, which features a long guest appearance from The Weeknd, and the theme song for Cam Newton‘s new Beats commercial, “Fly Sh*t Only,” is slated to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 next week when the numbers are officially released, with SPS (sales plus streaming) totals of between 140,000 and 150,000. If these projections are accurate, EVOL will have racked up first-week numbers almost identical to that of Future’s last solo #1 album, DS2, which moved 151,000 units in its first seven days on the shelves back in July. EVOL’s projections also mean it will likely be Future’s third #1 album in the last seven months, an unbelievable achievement for someone who, less than two years ago, struggled to move copies of his sophomore LP.
US chart preview: #1 @1future 110-115k (sales only) & 145-150k (w/ TEA & SEA).
— Chart News (@chartnews) February 8, 2016