The Weeknd’s After Hours leads a very busy top 10 on the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set spends a second week atop the tally. The album earned 138,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending April 2 according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s down 69% as compared to the set’s first week, when it entered with 2020’s biggest week for an album: 444,000 units.
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 11-dated chart, where After Hours enters at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard's website on April 7.
Of After Hours’ second-week units, 86,000 are in SEA units, 47,000 are in album sales and 4,000 are in TEA units.
After Hours’ second week was goosed by the addition of three new songs to the set on Monday (March 30), which helped drive streaming activity for the album. Further, the album continued to benefit from more than 90 merchandise/album bundles available on The Weeknd’s official website, as well as sales generated by a concert/ticket album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour.
After Hours is also basking the glow of a second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as “Blinding Lights” reached the top of the most recently published chart (dated April 4). It became the second No. 1 from the album, following “Heartless” back in December.
On the all-format Radio Songs chart, which monitors the most heard songs across all formats of radio, “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless” ranked at Nos. 3 and 10 concurrently on the April 4-dated list.
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