The Weeknd Set for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Starboy’
The Weeknd’s album could launch with third-biggest debut of 2016.
Starboy is bound for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest the set 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-biggest debut of 2016, behind only Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (653,000).
Starboy was released on Nov. 25 through XO/Republic Records and is the follow-up to his chart-topping Beauty Behind the Madness. The new set was initially released commercially as a download and through streaming services. Its CD release followed three days later on Nov. 28.
Starboy’s lead single, its title track has so far 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.