The Weeknd Makes It a Month at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart


The Weeknd makes it a full month at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as his After Hours album holds atop the tally for a fourth straight week. It has refused to budge from the top spot since its debut at No. 1 a month ago. It’s the first album to notch four consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Drake’s Scorpion spent its first five weeks at No. 1 in 2018 (July 13-Aug. 11).

After Hours is now one of five albums to spend at least four total weeks at No. 1 since 2018. The last album to land four weeks in total was Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which accumulated four non-consecutive weeks atop the list (Dec. 21, 2019, and then three weeks in 2020: Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22).

After Hours earned 75,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending April 16 (down 18%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Media.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 25-dated chart (where After Hours is No. 1 for a fourth week) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on April 21.

Of After Hours’ 75,000 equivalent album units in the most recent tracking week, 52,000 are in SEA units (down 19%, equaling 73.7 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 20,000 are in album sales (down 16%) and 3,000 are in TEA units (down 7%).

The album continues to benefit from strong streaming numbers, as well as sales of popular merchandise/album bundles sold via The Weeknd’s website. The artist has dropped more than 100 different bundles on a mostly consistent basis since the album’s release. (Bundles pair an artist- or album-branded piece of merchandise, usually clothing, with a copy of the album. Merchandise in each bundle is also available separately, for a lower price, without the album.)


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