Album could launch with third-biggest debut of 2016.
The Weeknd is bound for a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart with his new album, Starboy, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest the set could launch with at least 350,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 1. A start that large would give The Weeknd the third-biggest debut of 2016, behind only Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (653,000).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Dec. 17-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where The Weeknd could debut at No. 1 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Dec. 4.