The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ Debuts at No. 1


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No surprise here, but The Weeknd is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week after scoring the second-biggest debut of 2015, with his sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness.

According to Nielsen Music, the project moved a whopping 412,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 3, with 326,000 being pure album sales.

The Weeknd earns the second-largest weekly total and pure sales week for an album this year, following Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (535,000 units; 495,000 in album sales).

Beauty Behind the Madness is the third consecutive top 10 album for The Weeknd. It follows 2012’s Trilogy (No. 4) and 2013’s Kiss Land, which peaked at No. 2 with 95,000 copies.

Three singles from the album have reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 — “Earned It” (No. 3), “Can’t Feel My Face” (No. 1), and “The Hills” (No. 4).

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