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Tyrese Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Singer/actor Tyrese is set for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the entertainer’s new Black Rose effort — released July 10 on his own Voltron Recordz (distributed through Universal Music) — could earn 70,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 16.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Billboard 200 chart (dated Aug. 1) is scheduled to see its top 10 revealed on Billboard’s Web sites on July 18.

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The Aug. 1-dated chart is the first to reflect Nielsen Music’s new sales tracking week, which now runs Friday through Thursday (instead of Monday through Sunday).

Tyrese, who co-stars in this year’s blockbuster film Furious 7, has visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 twice previously. His last album, 2011’s Open Invitation, debuted and peaked at No. 9 off a 76,000 sales start. Before that, he reached the top 10 with his second album, 2001’s 2000 Watts (No. 10 debut and peak; 92,000 in its first week).

The Billboard 200’s current No. 1, Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, will likely slide to the runner-up slot.

Other albums heading for high debuts on the Billboard 200 include Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 29 album (with a forecast of perhaps 40,000 units), R5’s Sometime Last Night (30,000) and Owl City’s Mobile Orchestra (15,000-20,000).

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