Hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in more than 20 years, according to industry forecasters. The act's new release, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, is on course to earn around 120,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 17, according to prognosticators, and will likely arrive atop the Billboard 200.
The new effort, which is billed as the group's final album, is their first studio release since 1998's The Love Movement, and the first since the death of the act's Phife Dawg in March.
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 top 10 of the new Dec. 3-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where A Tribe Called Quest may debut at No. 1 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard's websites on Sunday, Nov. 20.
A Tribe Called Quest has topped the Billboard 200 chart once previously, with Beats, Rhymes and Life, which debuted at No. 1 on the list dated Aug. 17, 1996. The act made its Billboard 200 debut with their 1990 debut effort People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which peaked at No. 91 and featured the hit single "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo."
Elsewhere in the upcoming Billboard 200 chart's top 10, it's expected that Sting could notch his 11th top 10-charting effort with his new 57th & 9th album. It's his first pop/rock album in more than a decade, and would also mark his first top 10 set since 2010's Symphonicities reached No. 6.