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Report: The xx’s “I See You” Wins US Album Sales Race, But The Weeknd Will Stay #1 On Billboard 200

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For the third straight week, the US album sales race will feature a “split chart” scenario. One album will take #1 on Top Album Sales, while The Weeknd’s “Starboy” will rule the consumption-oriented Billboard 200.

This week’s sales winner will be The xx’s “I See You.” According to BuzzAngle Music/Hits Daily Double, “I See You” sold approximately 37,923 pure US copies. The count ranks as the week’s best pure sales total.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields a first-week consumption total of ~48,098 units. The figure is the week’s second-best; “Starboy,” which generated ~59,530 units, is the consumption leader.

Due late Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly from that reported by BuzzAngle. The discrepancy will not, however, be enough to alter the overall outcomes: “I See You” will be #1 on Top Album Sales, while “Starboy” will be #1 on the Billboard 200.

This will mark “Starboy”‘s third straight week (and fourth total week) at #1 on the Billboard 200.

This week’s top pure sales performers, per BuzzAngle: “I See You” (~37,923 sales), “La La Land” (~28,540), “Moana” (~16,295), Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” (~15,778), and “Trolls” (~13,704)

This week’s top consumption performers, per BuzzAngle: “Starboy” (~59,530 units), “I See You” (~48,098), “La La Land” (~42,356), “Moana” (~33,969), “24K Magic” (~32,429)

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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