The Weeknd’s career has taken off tremendously over the last year. The singer-songwriter nabbed his first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 last month with Can’t Feel My Face, and now he’s scored his first number one album on the Billboard 200 with the release of his second studio album (third if you count 2012’s Trilogy) Beauty Behind the Madness.
The Weeknd rules the Billboard 200 albums chart as the singer’s new album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” bows at No. 1 with the second-biggest debut of 2015.
The album starts with a whopping 412,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 326,000 were pure album sales (his best sales week ever).
With the arrival, The Weeknd earns the second-largest overall weekly unit total and pure sales week for an album this year, behind only the debut of Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” (535,000 units; 495,000 in album sales).
“Beauty Behind the Madness” was released through XO/Republic Records on Aug. 28 and is the third consecutive top 10 album for The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye. It follows 2012’s “Trilogy” (it debuted and peaked at No. 4) and 2013’s “Kiss Land” (a No. 2 debut/peak).
Congratulations, The Weeknd!