The set blasted in atop the chart dated April 4 with 444,000 units earned in the week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
As for After Hours’ second week, it’s still early in the tracking week (which began Friday, March 27), but forecasters suggest After Hours could earn over 100,000 equivalent album units or more in the U.S. in the week ending April 2. That will likely be enough for the set to hold at No. 1 for a second stanza.
Helping After Hours’ second week will be the addition of three new songs to a deluxe edition of the album (“Nothing Compares,” “Missed You” and “Final Lullaby”). The three new tunes appeared on the set first thing Monday morning (March 30) and will certainly drive additional streaming activity toward the album. All versions of the album are combined together for tracking and charting purposes.
After Hours will also continue to benefit from more than 90 merchandise/album bundles currently available to purchase in The Weeknd’s official website, as well as sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour.
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 April 11-dated Billboard 200 chart (where After Hours could hold at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, April 5.
Calm could earn over 75,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 2, aided by a concert/ticket redemption offer, as well as more than a dozen merchandise/album bundles on sale in the band’s webstore.
Calm made an early arrival on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 4 at No. 62 with 11,000 in CD sales (in the week ending March 26) tied to album redemptions from the band’s ticket bundle. That sum — which represents a portion of total ticket bundle redemptions for the set — was inadvertently fulfilled prior to the album’s actual release date of March 27 due to a clerical error.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam’s Gigaton could perhaps earn over 50,000 units, as could Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.
Other albums aiming to shake up the chart next week include PartyNextDoor’s PartyMobile (perhaps 45,000 units), Joyner Lucas’ ADHD (30,000) and Jessie Reyez’s Before Love Came to Kill Us (25,000).