The Weeknd Scores Second-Biggest Album Debut of 2015

R&B star the Weeknd’s latest album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” sold 412,000 copies in its first week on the market, making it the second-largest release of the year behind Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” (which sold 535,000 units in its February debut).

“Beauty Behind the Madness,” the Weeknd’s third full-length effort, was catapulted to the top of the chart by a trio of wildly popular singles: “Earned It” (made famous by its appearance in “Fifty Shades of Grey”), “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” Born Abel Tesfaye, the singer performed a fiery rendition of “Can’t Feel My Face” amidst literal flames at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, just after “Madness” dropped.

“Madness” bowed miles ahead of the other debuts in the time frame. Alt rocker Halsey, who will open for the Weeknd for part of his tour later this year, finished in second place with “Badlands,” her first full-length album. “Badlands” moved 115,000 units.

Country star Luke Bryan held on for the No. 3 spot after his latest album, “Kill the Lights,” debuted two weeks ago. “Lights” moved 50,000 units, down 25% from the previous week.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” enjoyed a massive sales boost after her “Bad Blood” music video took home the top honors at the VMAs, during which she also premiered the video for “Wildest Dreams,” her latest single. In its 44th week on the chart, “1989” moved 44,000 units, good for fourth place and up 50% from the week before.

Behind Swift is Dr. Dre’s “Compton,” the companion album to N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which is still cleaning up at the box office. Dre’s latest finished in fifth place, moving 32,000 units, down 47% from last week.

Ed Sheeran’s immovable “X,” now in its 62nd week on the chart, dipped 10% to sixth place, moving 28,000 units.

Country team Maddie & Tae made their chart debut with “Start Here,” which premiered at No.7 with 28,000 units moved. Indie rock outfit Beach House entered the chart close behind at No. 8, moving 27,000 units of “Depression Cherry.”

In ninth place is singer-songwriter Ben Rector’s “Brand New,” which debuted with a sales week of 26,000 units moved. Heavy metal band Disturbed finishes up the top 10, moving 26,000 units of “Immortalized,” a decline of 73% after it debuted at No. 1 the previous week.

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