Meek Mill’s Costly Pain album is on track to get off to a good start.
According to gross sales estimates published by HitsDailyDouble, the rapper’s fifth studio album is predicted to increase from 85,000 to 95,000 units within the first week; Of which 1,000 to 3,000 will come from traditional gross sales. For comparison, Meek’s earlier album, 2018’s Championship, debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 229,000 units.
As pointed out by HDD, Meek may have a tough time securing another No. 1 debut, as he is still in Drake’s record-breaking Certified Lover Boy, Youngboy Never Broke Again’s Honest, Kentrell, and Taylor Swift’s Fearless ( Taylor’s version). The latter is predicted to get an enormous boost from the physical copies shipped this week.
Expensive Pain featured 18 tracks and boasting visitor appearances by Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Lil Baby, ASAP Ferg, and more. Meek spoke about the effort during an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, describing it as “one of [his] favorite albums”.
“I actually said Costly Pain on a song with Uzi when we were in the booth rapping. I said, ‘You’re not rich, your money can’t pay my drug bill,'” he defined. We smoke lots of weed and stuff, and I was playing it to Brent Fayaz within the studio one day, he heard me say, he was like, ‘That bar was hot.’ He was like, ‘That’s a fire word, expensive pain.’ He was like, ‘This should be an album title.’ And I start thinking about it after which I’m stuck with it.”
HDD also posted gross sales projections for the trust fund Babies, a collaborative project of Lil Wayne and Rich the Kid. The 10-track album is on track to earn 12,000 to 15,000 units in its first week. It serves as a follow-up to Wayne’s 2020 effort Funeral and Rich’s Lucky 7 EP, which was launched again in January.