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On the Charts: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Rockets to Number One

Singer’s latest LP scores third biggest debut of 2016 as Christmas invades Top 10 of Billboard 200

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The Weeknd's 'Starboy' chalked up 2016's third biggest selling week of the year as the singer's new LP rocketed to Number One on the Billboard 200.

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The Weeknd‘s Starboy, one of the last major releases of 2016, had the third biggest-selling week of the year. The singer’s new LP rocketed to Number One on the Billboard 200 on the strength of 348,000 total copies. For Abel Tesfaye (who performs as The Weeknd), Starboy is his second consecutive Number One LP following Beauty Behind the Madness, which sold 412,000 total copies in its debut week in August 2015.

Only Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade sold more opening week copies this year, Billboard reports. The Weeknd’s sales were driven by record-breaking streaming totals. Physical album sales and album download sales made up a smaller portion of the total sales. 

Metallica’s Hardwired dipped from Number One last week to Number Three, followed by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Four, the Moana soundtrack at Number Five and the Trollz soundtrack at Number Six.

With Christmas approaching, seasonal albums expectedly littered the Top 10: Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas led the way by jumping from Number Four last week to Number Two with 131,000 total copies. Pentatonix’s 2014 LP That’s Christmas to Me also rejoined the Top 10 at Number Seven, while Michael Buble’s 2011 LP Christmas reentered at Number Eight.

Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings (Number Nine) and the Hamilton Broadway cast recording (Number 10) rounded out the Top 10.

While the Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome, the Hamilton mixtape and new releases from Childish Gambino and Grace VanderWaal might give the Weeknd a run for Number One next week, Starboy‘s monster streaming totals should keep it at Number One for at least another week.


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