It was easily expected that R&B favorite The Weeknd would do well on the Billboard charts with the release of his new album Starboy. The set was led by the title track and has been performing well across songs charts. The full album was released on Nov. 25 and debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart as reflected on the Dec. 6 refresh.
Starboy moved 348,000 total equivalent units which consists of sales, streaming data and individual track downloads. A significant portion of the units derived from streaming which amounted to 117,000 coming from platforms such as Spotify. Listeners streamed songs from the album 175.2 million times in its opening week making it the second largest streaming debut and the second album to move beyond 100,000 units in a week. Drake set the tone for the year and streaming era when Views From the 6 would have 163,000 streaming units, or 245.1 million hits.
The album which was released on physical format on Nov. 28 is the third largest debut of 2016, effectively pushing Metallica into the fourth spot for the year. Drake's Views opened with 1.04 million units with 852,000 in sales and Beyoncé's Lemonade began its trek with 635,000 units and 485,000 in sales. Metallica's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct debuted at No. 1 on the Top 200 for the chart refresh dated Nov. 29. The set amassed 291,000 units and of that 282,000 were in purchased copies. In its second week, Hardwired slips to No. 3 having a significant drop to only 75,000 units overall.
The Weeknd's Starboy momentum was built by making appearances across award shows and network television programs. The single was eyeing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart but has now been blocked by an unexpected trending song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd. "Starboy" has been locked in at No. 2 for five weeks with no immediate sign it will overtake the song gaining attention due to a viral "Mannequin Challenge." Starboy's next single "I Feel It Coming" featuring Daft Punk will be serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio on Dec. 6 to carry the new album.
The Canadian artist's previous album Beauty Behind the Madness debuted at No. 1 moving 412,000 units (326,000 in sales) in September 2015.