Looks like Dr. Dre is about to add another successful notch under his belt.
The producer’s first album in 16 years, Compton: The Soundtrack is expected to have quite the first week in sales. According to Hits Daily Double, D-R-E’s third (and final) studio album is projected to move between 260,000 and 275,000 copies. The estimated figures will reportedly put Dre on track to pull in the No. 2 album on the Billboard 200 charts, echoing the No. 2 debut of his previous album Chronic 2001, which sold 516,000 copies in its first week back in 1999.
Released in conjunction with the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the Compton album saw a surge in popularity thanks to Dre’s upcoming cinematic release, as well as the Beats By Dre-sponsored #StraightOutta social media campaign. The body of work serves as the producer’s replacement for the long-awaited Detox album, a project Dre was admittedly not satisfied with.
“I didn’t like it,” Dre said on Beats 1. “I don’t think I did a good enough job,” he added.
Compton features Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Ice Cube, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius. Spin the album on Apple Music here.