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The Weeknd’s “My Dear Melancholy” Wins US Sales Race, Will Take #1 On Billboard 200

“My Dear Melancholy” predictably earns #1 on this week’s US album charts.

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy | XO/Republic/UMG

Early projections had The Weeknd’s “My Dear Melancholy” debuting at #1 on this week’s US album charts.

The EP topped those expectations — and thus established itself as a particularly dominant #1.

According to Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, “My Dear Melancholy” sold approximately 70,041 pure US copies during the March 30-April 5 tracking period. The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields a first-week consumption tally of about 167,292 units.

Set to be reported on Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The discrepancies will not, however, be enough to alter the overall outcome. The pure sales tally will earn “My Dear Melancholy” #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales, while the consumption sum will secure a #1 debut on the Billboard 200.

This week’s pure sales leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy (70,041 pure US sales)
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (38,457 pure US sales)
The Greatest Showman – Soundtrack (28,693 pure US sales)
Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations (16,274 pure US sales)
Steffany Gretzinger – Blackout (9,962 pure US sales)

This week’s total consumption leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy (167,292 total US units)
XXXTentacion – ? (57,050 total US units)
Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours (56,343 total US units)
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (48,797 total US units)
The Greatest Showman – Soundtrack (44,496 total US units)

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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