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“It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make,” Abel said. That statement would linger in my brain for days. As did the music. It became nearly impossible to find something else to listen to. Everything else sounded soft. Or didn’t groove enough. Or felt too happy. Or too sad. It was clear to me that this isn’t just the album The Weeknd has always wanted to make; it’s the album we’ve always wanted him to make.
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For the Weeknd, the entire process has proved unacceptable. In a statement to The New York Times, he said he would boycott the awards from now on. “Because of the secret committees,” the Weeknd said, “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.”
The Weeknd’s former leader “Blinding Lights,” at No. 3, becomes the first song in the Hot 100’s history to spend a year in the top 10, as it logs its 52nd week in the region.
The Weeknd makes it a full month at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as his After Hours album holds atop the tally for a fourth straight week. It has refused to budge from the top spot since its debut at No. 1 a month ago. It’s the first album to notch four consecutive weeks at No. 1 since Drake’s Scorpion spent its first five weeks at No. 1 in 2018 (July 13-Aug. 11).
The Weeknd’s After Hours scores a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first album to lead for three consecutive weeks since Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding also spent its first three weeks atop the tally last year (Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 2019-dated charts), of a total of five non-consecutive frames at No. 1.
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.
5 Seconds of Summer came in at number two due to a shipping error:
5 Seconds of Summer scores its fifth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Calm surges from No. 62 to No. 2 with 133,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1,159%) in the week ending April 2. Of that sum, 113,000 are in album sales (up 970%), 19,000 are SEA units and 1,000 are TEA units. The set is also the best-selling album of the week, and is No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.
All five of 5 Seconds of Summer’s top 10 albums have also reached the top two. Calm is the quartet’s fourth full-length studio album.
Calm made an early arrival on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 4 at No. 62 with 11,000 in CD sales (in the tracking week ending March 26) from the band’s concert ticket/album bundle with its upcoming U.S. tour. The CDs were inadvertently fulfilled to customers prior to the album’s actual release date of March 27 due to a clerical error. Customers received the album as early as March 23. Longstanding Billboard policy is to reflect album sale activity in the tracking week that the paying customer receives the album.