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The Weeknd's 'Starboy' Set for No. 1 Return on Billboard 200 Chart

The Weeknd in the video for "Starboy" featuring Daft Punk.
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The Weeknd in the video for Starboy featuring Daft Punk.

Plus: "Moana" and "La La Land" soundtracks heading for big climbs up the list.

The Weeknd’s Starboy is on course for a return trip to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the set -- which debuted atop the list dated Dec. 17, 2016 -- could jump back to the top of next week’s tally, notching its second week at No. 1. The album may earn over 70,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 5.

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 Jan. 21, 2017-dated Billboard 200 chart -- where Starboy could bounce back to No. 1 -- is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Jan. 8.

If Starboy does return to No. 1, it would do so with a decline in overall units earned for the week, as the industry gets back to business-as-usual after the busy holiday shopping season. The set might drop by 20 percent in units compared to the previous frame (week ending Dec. 29).

In fact, the only album that could score a unit gain in next week’s top 10 might be the soundtrack to the animated film Moana, which could vault from No. 6 to No. 2 (a new high) with perhaps a 10-20 percent gain. Another soundtrack, La La Land, is poised to break the top 20 for the first time (rising from No. 52 on the current Billboard 200 chart), with perhaps 20,000 units.

No albums are likely to debut in the new top 10, as few major albums were released during the tracking week.