The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Album Opens With Third Highest Sales Week Of 2016

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Album Opens With Third Highest Sales Week Of 2016

The Weeknd’s first album since his breakout LP Beauty Behind The Madness is an early commercial success.

The Weeknd’s Starboy has a stellar debut, taking the top spot on the chart with nearly 348,000 equivalent album units. The LP sold more than 209,000 albums and was streamed 175 million times, clearly matching those “astronomical” projections as it broke Spotify’s record for most streams in one day. The Canadian singer’s last output, Beauty Behind the Madness, lands at #36 this week, a 17 percent jump as people were preparing for Starboy’s release. That album also debuted at #1 upon its September 2015 release and was still in the Top 10 in January.

Starboy is only behind Drake’s Views with 1.04 million units and Beyonce’s Lemonade with 653,000 units.

Beauty Behind The Madness also opened at #1 in 2015.

The set collected 412,000 album-equivalent units in its initial week.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 12/01/2016

#1 The Weeknd — Starboy — 347,966 (209,466) [175,182,572]

#4 Bruno Mars — 24K Magic — 72,856 (51,932) [21,939,996]

#12 Drake – VIEWS – 30,936 (7,457) [31,493,925]

#15 A Tribe Called Quest — We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service —27,935 (22,291) [7,781,928]

#16 Rae Sremmurd — SremmLife 2 — 27,549 (2,287) [24,284,000]

#18 Various Artists – Suicide Squad: The Album – 25,640 (12,964) [11,197,142]

#27 Rihanna – ANTI – 18,023 (3,291) [16,106,771]

#32 Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – 16,772 (3,099) [18,718,011]

#35 Prince — 4ever — 16,223 (13,751) [83,889]

#36 The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness — 16,165 (4,269) [15,478,543]