Juice WRLD is on pace to set some records.
According to projections shared by HitsDailyDouble, the highly anticipated posthumous release is set to become Juice’s second No. 1 album. At the moment, it’s expected to move between 400,000 to 440,000 units in its first week.
If those numbers pan out, Legends Never Die would be the biggest first-week debut of 2020, surpassing The Weeknd’s After Hours. The project is also on pace to garner more than 400 million streams within its first week, topping the previous 2020 high held by Lil Uzi Vert and his Eternal Atake album. Uzi’s album, which HipHopDX has hailed as one of the best of 2020 so far, cleared 376 million streams in its first week in March.
In terms of posthumous releases, if projections are true, Juice’s Legends Never Die would surpass the sales totals of Pop Smoke’s Aim For The Stars Shoot For The Moon and Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Pop’s AFTSSFTM is set to debut on top of the Billboard 200 chart with over 248,000 units earned. Jackson’s This Is It sold 373,000 copies during its first week in 2009.
Chicago native Lil Bibby, who is the CEO of Juice’s Grade A Productions label, is aiming for an even bigger high and thinks Juice’s fanbase can get them there.
“I know the 999 family can get this closer to 500k,” Bibby wrote.
I know the 999 family can get this closer to 500k 🔥💕 https://t.co/xxVUdCwPtc
— Lil Bibby (@LilBibby_) July 11, 2020
Juice’s debut has already set a new high for debut releases on Spotify. The album picked up 74.6 million streams on Friday alone per ChartData. It’s the third-highest debut stream day in Spotify’s history, trailing only behind Drake’s Scorpion (132 million streams) and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (79 million streams).
The release of Legends Never Die is a somber one for those close to Juice and fans. Bibby has already promised that Juice had enough material to cover a few more posthumous releases and the Grade A label head still wants to fulfill one of Juice’s wishes.
“I don’t think the albums are going to stop,” Bibby told XXL. “There’s plenty of music.”
He added in regards to the potential of an Ocean collab, “I gotta make that happen soon. I gotta Frank Ocean-Juice WRLD track.”