The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Debuts At No. 1

December 5, 2016 By Jordan Miller

The Weeknd gets the third-highest debut of 2016.


The Weeknd’s new album Starboy gets the third-highest debut of 2016.

As promised, Abel Tesfaye came alive in the fall time. His new LP, which boasts collaborations from Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and Cashmere Cat, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 348,000 equivalent album units (209,000 were in traditional album sales).

That puts him behind Drake’s Views with 1.04 million units and Beyonce’s Lemonade 653,000 for one of the highest debuts this year, Billboard reports.

Numbers jargon from the music giant:

Starboy’s debut got a jolt from streaming equivalent album units, as a whopping 117,000 of its total unit sum were driven by streaming units (equaling 175.2 million streams of Starboy’s songs in the week). That’s the second-largest debut streaming week ever, following Drake’s Views, which clocked 163,000 streaming units in its opening frame (equating to 245.1 million streams of songs from the album that week).

Starboy is only the second album to surpass 100,000 streaming equivalent album units in a single week, following Drake’s set. Views actually did it three times: during its debut week, along with its third (124,000) and fourth (111,000) frames.

Coming in at No. 2 is Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas with 131,000 units. Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct dips 1-3 with 75,000 units, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic slips 2-4 in its second week with 73,000 units and rounding out the Top 5 is The Moana soundtrack with 66,000 units.

This week’s Billboard 200 Top 10:

1. The Weeknd – Starboy (348,000 units)
2. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas (131,000 units)
3. Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (75,000 units)
4. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (73,000)
5. The Moana soundtrack – (66,000 units)
6. Trolls soundtrack – (53,000 units)
7. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me (40,000 units)
8. Michael Buble – Christmas (36,000 units)
9. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings (36,000 units)
10. Hamilton mixtape (34,000 units)

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