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The Weeknd returns to the top of the album charts

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:11

Canadian hip hop artist The Weeknd returns to the top of the album charts. Simon Thompson reports.

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Canadian hip hop artist The Weeknd climbed back to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart in a quiet week where no new entries cracked the top 10. "Starboy," which was in the No. 2 spot the previous week, sold 69,000 album units including 59 million album streams for the week ending Jan. 5, that's according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The album initially debuted at No. 1 after its release in November. The soundtrack to Disney's hit animated film "Moana" climbed four spots to No. 2 this week with sales of 64,000 album units, while Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" remained steady at No. 3 with 45,000 more album units sold. Drake's "Views" sold 41,000 units, down 17 percent, to take fourth place while J. Cole's former No. 1, "4 Your Eyez Only", slipped one rung to No. 5 with 39,000 units, down 48 percent. Last week's chart-topper, U.S. a cappella group Pentatonix' festive "A Pentatonix Christmas," dropped to No. 41 this week.

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The Weeknd returns to the top of the album charts

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:11