She would become only the fifth female rapper to reach No. 1 on the chart.
Cardi B is bound for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with her first studio album, Invasion of Privacy, according to industry prognosticators. Early forecasts suggest the set -- which was released April 6 via The KSR Group/Atlantic Records -- could start with between 160,000 and 210,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 12. That sum should easily enable the set to debut atop the chart dated April 21.
The first-week forecast for Invasion has a wide range because the album has only been available for one day. As the week progresses, the forecast will narrow to a more specific starting span.
If Cardi B bows at No. 1, she'll become just the fifth female rap artist with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, and the first since 2012. She would follow Nicki Minaj (with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012, and Pink Friday in 2011), Eve (Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders' First Lady, 1999), Foxy Brown (Chyna Doll in 1999 and the collaborative album The Firm in 1997, with Nas, AZ and Nature) and Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 1998).
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 April 21-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Cardi B could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard's websites on Sunday, April 15.
In the meantime, the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart dated April 14 -- where it is expected that The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy will bow at No. 1 -- is slated to be announced Sunday (April 8).