The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Has Third-Largest Debut This Year, Tops Billboard Chart

blame it on Patrick Glynn December 5, 2016

After The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness sold over 400,000 copies in its first week — thanks to singles like “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Earned It” and “The Hills” — it became clear Abel transcended just being popular R&B artist and became a full-blown pop star.

While The Weeknd’s newest album — Starboy — didn’t sell quite as much, its first-week sales have cemented his status in the pop world.

Starboy sold 348,000 copies last week, making it the third-largest first-week sales of the year, according to Billboard. It trails Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which sold over one million and 650,000, respectively.

More than 100,000 of the sales came from streaming, which would make sense given The Weeknd became the most-streamed artist in a single day on Spotify.

Drake’s Views dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since it released back in April thanks to a string of Christmas albums you’ll definitely hear songs from over the next couple week but most definitely won’t care to buy.

Check out the full top 10 below.

  1. The Weeknd – Starboy (348,000 album sales)
  2. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas (131,000)
  3. Metallica – Hardwired… (75,000)
  4. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (74,000)
  5. Moana soundtrack (66,000)
  6. Trolls soundtrack (56,000)
  7. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas to Me (40,000)
  8. Michael Buble – Christmas (38,000)
  9. Miranda Lambert –  The Weight of These Wings (36,000)
  10. Hamilton soundtrack – (34,000)