The numbers are looking strong for Dreamville.
According to first-week projections reported by HitsDailyDouble, the imprint's Revenge of the Dreamers III album is headed for a No. 1 debut. The compilation is expected to move 90,000 to 100,000 units in its first week; 15,000 to 18,000 of those will come from traditional sales. Lil Nas X's 7 EP is projected to will hold the No. 2 spot, followed by Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? at No. 3 and Chris Brown's Indigo at No. 4. Machine Gun Kelly's Hotel Diablo will debut at No. 5, moving an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 units in its first seven days.
You can check out next week's projected top 20 albums here.
ROTD3 arrived just in time for Fourth of July weekend, nearly six-months after it was recorded at Atlanta's Tree Sound Studios. The 10-day recording session was the subject of the new Revenge documentary, which included cameos by T.I., Vince Staples, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Chris Bosh, and Mike WiLL Made-It, as well as members of the Dreamville roster.
Bas spoke to Complex about some of the most memorable moments of the recording session, including the making of "Costa Rica," tripping on acid, and the first time J. Cole played "Sacrifices" for him.
"It was deep. It was a moment in our studio. That's the homie, and I didn't even know that he was expecting another child until I heard it on that verse," Bas said. "I had to ask him after, 'Was that artistic license, or are you serious?' He was like, 'No, it's for real.' I was like, 'Oh shit!'
He continued: "As a friend and as a fan, it was dope to hear for the first time. Everyone in the studio was in a moment. A lot of it was so like high-energy: Us getting around each other and drinking, smoking, yelling, and doing some wild shit. But that was a cool moment because it was grounding."