The Weeknd had a solid fall transition into winter in 2016 releasing his track "Starboy" featuring Daft Punk from the album of the same name dropping in October. Both the album and the song have reached the top of the charts and Starboy is returning to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for a second nonconsecutive week on the Jan. 10 refresh after debuting at No. 1 with 348,000 units overall. The tracking week ended on Jan. 5 and Starboy marks the first No. 1 album of the 2017 year.
Starboy returns to No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums with a mere 69,000 units which has dipped 26 percent. The album moved 18,000 in sales and dropped a sharp 46 percent for the most recent tracking week. The first quarter of the year is a rather slow period for music sales after the holiday season when consumers use up gift cards and others take a break from spending. Sales traditionally tend to pick up in the spring months when the industry gears up for warm weather in the northern hemisphere.
The Weeknd fell to No. 2 on the Top 200 in its second week but has stayed strong within the top three positions since its first six weeks of release. The last album to climb back to the top was Drake's Views From the 6 that earned 13 nonconsecutive weeks after a seven week break from reigning king.
Additionally, when the album hit retailers and streaming services, all of the tracks were present on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The title song spent eight weeks at No. 2, falling to No. 3 for a single week before it finally hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.
As with any holiday album, they drop and fall off the top 100 positions of the chart the week following Christmas Day. Pentatonix spent two weeks at No. 1 and their latest holiday set A Pentatonix Christmas slides to No. 41 having 12,000 total units, down 88 percent overall. That's Christmas to Me takes an even bigger plunge from No. 9 down to No. 112.
Sales and streaming data is collected Friday through Thursday.