The Weeknd Posts Biggest Debut of 2020 on Billboard 200 With 'After Hours'

The 'Blinding Lights' singer's fourth studio album launches at the top of the U.S. albums chart with 444,000 equivalent album units, marking his personal weekly best.

AceShowbiz - The Weeknd is getting some good news amid the bleak time for show business due to the coronavirus crisis. The Canadian singer's latest album "After Hours" had a successful start, debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending March 26.

The fourth studio album from the 30-year-old R&B singer, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, raked in 444,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. alone in its first week, posting the biggest week for any album in 2020. The sum additionally marks his personal weekly best.

The album's first week total of 444,000 equivalent album units comprises 275,000 in album sales, 163,000 in SEA units and 6,000 in TEA units. The album's SEA sum equates to 220.7 million on-demand streams of the set's tracks in its first week. The streaming sum alone would have earned The Weeknd the No. 1 debut even if he hadn't sold a single physical copy.

Meanwhile, former two-week champion Lil Uzi Vert's "Eternal Atake" falls to No. 2 with additional 115,000 equivalent album units, or down 53% from last week. Another former No. 1, Lil Baby's "My Turn", also drops one spot to No. 3 with 60,000 equivalent album units (down 22%), while Bad Bunny's "YHLQMDLG" slides from from No. 3 to No. 4 with 51,000 units (down 26%).

Conan Gray's debut studio album "Kid Krow" opens at No. 5 with 49,000 equivalent album units. Of that sum, 37,000 were in album sales, thanks in part to the concert/ticket album sale redemption offer with his tour late last year, and merchandise/album bundles. Previously, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter entered Billboard 200 with his debut EP, "Sunset Season", which debuted and peaked at No. 118 on the December 1, 2018-dated tally.

Roddy Ricch's "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" holds on to No. 6 with 43,000 equivalent album units (down 13%), while Post Malone's "Hollywood's Bleeding" rises 8-7 with 38,000 units, despite seeing a 8% slide in sales. Jhene Aiko's "Chilombo" climbs up three spots to No. 8 with 37,000.

In the wake of Kenny Rogers' passing on March 20, his greatest hits collection "The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years" enters the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since its release in 1983. It debuts at No. 9 with 32,000 equivalent album units, with 10,000 of that sum in album sales.

Closing out the top 10 is the soundtrack to "Frozen II", which holds steady on the spot with 31,000 equivalent album units, or down only 1% from last week.

Top Ten Billboard 200 (Week ending March 26, 2020):

  1. " After Hours" - The Weeknd (247,000 units)
  2. "Eternal Atake" - Lil Uzi Vert (115,000 units)
  3. "My Turn" - Lil Baby (60,000 units)
  4. "YHLQMDLG" - Bad Bunny (51,000 units)
  5. "Kid Krow" - Conan Gray (49,000 units)
  6. "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial" - Roddy Ricch (43,000 units)
  7. "Hollywood's Bleeding" - Post Malone (38,000 units)
  8. "Chilombo" - Jhene Aiko (37,000 units)
  9. "The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years" - Kenny Rogers (32,000 units)
  10. "Frozen II" Soundtrack - Various Artists (31,000 units)

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