The Weeknd -- the 23-year-old, famously elusive R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye -- sold 95,000 copies of his major-label debut album, "Kiss Land," the week of Sept. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sales were enough for a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 in a neck-and-neck race with country star Keith Urban. "Kiss Land" trailed Urban's "Fuse" for the No. 1 spot by fewer than 3,000 albums. But unlike Urban, the Weeknd didn't have any charting singles or penetration at radio, and conceded to only one press interview -- with Complex magazine in July -- to support the project.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In

Tagged