The Weeknd 'Beauty Behind the Madness' Tops Album Chart Over Travis Scott, Iron Maiden
The Weeknd is having another big week on the charts. For the second week in a row, Abel Tesfaye's new album Beauty Behind the Madness sits atop the Billboard 200, beating new releases from Five Finger Death Punch, Travi$ Scott and Iron Maiden.
Beauty Behind the Madness topped the Billboard 200 despite not actually selling the most full copies. Since the Billboard 200 combines pure album sales with single song sales and streams, collectively BBTM moved 145,000 album equivalent units. Only 77,000 of those were raw album sales, leaving The Weeknd as No. 2 on the Top Albums Chart.
Regardless, this is a big dip for The Weeknd. Beauty Behind the Madness debuted on the Billboard 200 with 410,000 units last week.
The top selling album of the week actually went to rockers Five Finger Death punch. The band's new album Got Your Six crowns the Top Albums chart with 114,000 copies sold, but when combined with other metrics, it only totaled 119,000 album equivalent units, notching a No. 2 position on the Billboard 200.
Beneath Five Finger Death Punch, Travi$ Scott's new album Rodeo clocks in at No. 3 with 85,000 album equivalent units, 70,000 of which were album sales. Once again, streaming helped Scott's big debut - Iron Maiden's new album The Book of Souls actually sold more copies (74,000) but the small streaming numbers only tallied 75,000 units total, leaving the legendary metal act at No. 4.
Troye Silvan's new EP Wild rounds out the top five at No. 5 with 50,000 units moved.
While the top five are wholly new releases on this week's chart (besides The Weeknd), Nos. 6 through 10 tell a familiar tell of 2015's album sales.
Luke Bryan's former two-week No. 1 Kill the Lights slipped three spots to No. 6, and Taylor Swift's 1989 also fell three spots, now sitting comfortably at No. 7. Last week's No. 2 album Halsey's Badlands fell to No. 8. Ed Sheeran's x and Future's DS2 round out the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectfully.