Following its record-breaking debut, The Weeknd’s After Hours continues its reign at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, despite showing a 69 percent sales decrease during its second week, the album still accumulated 138,000 equivalent album units.
After Hours’ numbers were bumped with the album’s deluxe version that arrived on Monday (March 30). After Hours (Deluxe) included remixes with Lil Uzi Vert, Chromatics, The Blaze and Oneohtrix Point Never, as well as a live version of “Scared To Live”. On Friday (April 3), The Weeknd added three new solo tracks to the deluxe version with “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You” and “Final Lullaby.”
Billboard also notes that After Hours’ sales were boosted by merchandising, album and tour bundles, which offered listeners tickets to the Canadian-bred artist’s upcoming “After Hours Tour.”
Debuting at the No. 1 spot, After Hours initially racked up 444,000 equivalent albums, granting it the biggest debut week for an album this year so far. Furthermore, the album also scored The Weeknd his fourth No. 1 project and beat his previous streaming record set by 2016’s Starboy. Garnering a total of 220.7 million on-demand streams, the album’s massive streaming capacity also ranked as the largest-ever streaming debut for an R&B album.
Speaking about the album with TMZ, The Weeknd said he hoped his project would offer some comfort amidst these uncertain times.
“When I started making this album, I never imagined it would be released as we face a worldwide pandemic,” he told the outlet. “I always felt that music helped me in hard times and I hope that this body of work can do the same for others.”
“It’s been amazing to see the real heroes shine in our world right now, the healthcare workers, the grocery store clerks and staff, delivery people, first responders – everyone putting their lives on the line to help others,” he continued. “This album is for them and any small joy or relief it can bring.”
In other Billboard 200 news, Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake has remained within the chart’s top 10 at the No. 3 spot, while PartyNextDoor’s PartyMobile debuted at No. 8. Additionally, Joyner Lucas’s ADHD debuted at No. 10.