21 is going up against a big second week from Jay Z.
21 Savage released Issa Album, his debut LP and follow-up to the 2016 Metro Boomin-assisted mixtape Savage Mode on Friday. Hits Daily Double has reported the first-week sales projections for the project to be between 50,000 and 60,000 album equivalent units with 10-15,000 of those sold traditionally. Savage Mode was certified gold in May, while 21's singles "X," "No Heart," and "Red Opps" have all been certified platinum.
Jay Z's 4:44, which went platinum its first week through the rapper's exclusive deal with Sprint, was released to online and physical retailers and select streaming services this week (it was previously available only through Tidal). According to HDD, it will move between 250,000 and 275,000 album equivalent units in its second week, with 150 to 175k of those units being sold traditionally.
Stay tuned for the official sales numbers from Billboard next week.