The Weeknd is bound for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart with his new album, Starboy. Sources imply the album could launch with at least 350,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 1. A start that large would give The Weeknd the third-largest release of 2016, behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade (653,000) and Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) .
The Billboard 200 chart rates the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, including conventional record sales, track equivalent records (TEA) and streaming equivalent records (SEA). The top 10 of the new Dec. 17 Billboard 200 chart, where The Weeknd could debut at No. 1, is scheduled to be shown on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Starboy was released on Nov. 25 through XO/Republic Records and is the follow-up to his chart-topping Beauty Behind the Madness, through streaming services as a download and the brand new album was initially released. Its CD release followed three days later on Nov. 28.
Starboy’s lead single, its title track, has now peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
He also sat down for interviews with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats (Nov. 24), The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 2) and The New York Times (Nov. 28).