The Weeknd’s most recent project, My Dear Melancholy, has garnered the singer his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
According to Billboard, the March 30 release of the EP, which came as a surprise to fans, garnered 169,000 equivalent album units, with 68,000 of those units hailing from traditional album sales. The work, which is only available for purchase through digital retailers, also earned the highest sales week for an R&B project in nearly a year, passing Mary J Blige’s Strength of a Woman, which sold 72,000 copies last May.
In addition, My Dear Melancholy has also stacked 94,000 streaming equivalent album units, making its debut the third most successful streaming week for an album this year, with Migos’ Culture II and XXX Tentacion’s ? coming in ahead.
Just when you thought The Weeknd’s project couldn’t score any higher, it continues to accomplish more feats by becoming the shortest work, track by track, to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in close to eight years. The last six-track album to hit No. 1 on the chart was Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals soundtrack in 2010.
That’s not it for The Weeknd. He’s a busy man, as he is set to headline a number of festivals, including Coachella on April 13 and April 20, as well asperforming at Panorama in July and Outside Lands in August.