This weeks top spot on the Billboard 200 chart was as tight a race as they come. Toronto’s superhero The Weeknd, fell just short of the No. 1 spot on the charts with his technically first official album Kiss Land.
The singer landed just below country star Keith Urban according to Billboard and Nielson SoundScan. The reporting week that ended Sunday, September 15 had The Weeknd coming in around 95,000 and Urban over 98,000.
The numbers were so close, they had to do a recount, and currently SoundScan’s report has The Weeknd slightly higher now. Abel’s numbers show a positive sign for sales of albums by dedicated fans, as his LP has not produced any Top 40 singles yet, and will mostly be promoted through his current “The Fall” tour which is running across North America through October.
In addition, Janelle Monáe debuted No. 5 with her sophomore album The Electric Lady, which shifted 47,147. Also supported by die-hard fans, as her singles “Q.U.E.E.N.” and “Dance Apocalyptic” have not charted as well.
Last week’s top sellers from Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton, are still in the top 10 with Tamar coming in slightly higher this week at No. 8 with 34,662, while Ariana moved 31,182. Closing out the top 10 is John Legend who moved another 30,330 of his great new album Love In The Future.
Legendary funk/soul band Earth, Wind & Fire also returned last week with their new album Now, Then & Forever, which landed at No. 11 selling 27,079. Robin Thicke continues to move units of his Blurred Lines album with 21,270 putting him at No. 14, but only a week or two away from selling gold.
Jaheim was the last R&B release in the top 20 this week, coming in at No. 17 with 17,921 for his second week on the chart for new album Appreciation Day.