Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghosts album was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. But did the collaborative project generate enough hype to secure a No. 1 debut? It unfortunately doesn’t look that way.
According to first-week sales projections reported by HitsDailyDouble, Kids See Ghosts is expected to move between 100,000 and 110,000 album equivalent units—55,000 to 60,000 of which will be from traditional sales. That’s nearly 100,000 units less than what Kanye’s solo album, Ye, was initially projected to earn its first week; and about 30,000 more than what Pusha-T’s DAYTONA album earned in its first week.
Though the Kids See Ghosts figures aren’t necessarily bad, they aren’t enough to lead the charts. As pointed out by HDD, the Dave Matthews Band will likely take that honor, as their new album, Come Tomorrow, is expected to move 230,000 to 260,000 album equivalent units (225,000 to 250,000 in pure album sales). It’s highly improbable that Kanye and Cudi’s project will surpass 200,000 units within the first seven days; so the big question now is: Where will Kids See Ghosts land on the chart?
The highly anticipated album premiered Thursday night during a listening session in southern California. Though it only spanned seven tracks, Kids See Ghosts was filled with contributions by some of the industry’s biggest names, such as Mike Dean, Andre 3000, Ty Dolla Sign, Yasiin Bey, and Dot da Genius.
You can stream Kids See Ghosts now on all major streaming services, including Apple Music/iTunes.