The Weeknd’s new album, Starboy, had a massive debut, premiering on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 the week of its release. The album earned 348,000 equivalent album units, according to Billboard, making the collection the third-biggest debut of the year. No. 1 and 2 go to Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade, respectively.
The news comes just after The Weeknd broke a major Spotify record for most streams on the service in one single day.
Starboy is The Weeknd’s second No. 1 album — he earned his first top spot last year with his smash, Beauty Behind the Madness, which included massive singles “Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” and “In The Night.”
Here, The Weeknd is still dark and messy, laying his vulnerabilities bare. In his B-grade review of Starboy, EW’s Nolan Feeney writes: “There’s a voyeuristic thrill to hearing his twisted R&B odes about getting lit and getting laid, and that’s played no small part in his rise from an anonymous mixtape artist to an arena headliner over the last few years. Instead of sanitizing him, the success of last year’s Beauty Behind the Madness, which earned him two consecutive No. 1 hits, has only encouraged him to be bleaker and more explicit.”