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The Weeknd's 'Starboy' Headed for Hot 100's Top 10
The new single, featuring Daft Punk, could sell 80,000 downloads in its first full week.
Based on industry forecasts, the song could sell 80,000 downloads in its first full week of tracking. It also could draw 35-40 million in radio audience and more than 15 million U.S. streams, based on Billboard projections according to preliminary Nielsen Music data. Those figures could add up to a top 10 rank for the song on the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. The song's streaming sum should surge thanks in part to the arrival of its official video Sept. 28.
As previously reported, following its release Sept. 22, "Starboy" debuted at No. 40 on the Hot 100 (dated Oct. 8) with only one day of sales (28,000) and streaming (2.9 million) and four days of radio airplay (36 million). (The sales and streaming tracking weeks ended Sept. 22 and the airplay tracking period ended Sept. 25). That activity also sparked the song's launch at No. 1 on the Oct. 8 Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart.
"Starboy" introduces The Weeknd's new album of the same name, due Nov. 25.
Check Billboard.com Monday (Oct. 3), when highlights of the new Hot 100's top 10 will post. The entire chart, and all rankings, will update the following day.