The Weeknd's Starboy was a giant mass of success for the Toronto mastermind. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 348,000 album-equivalent units in its first week and reached the accomplishment of holding the title of the second-biggest week for album streams ever.
November 25th. 2016 was the release of the almost but flash forward to now where Starboy may actually reclaim the number one slot on the Billboard 200 chart once again. The chart measures traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA) and, with that in mind, the Weeknd may have earned enough equivalent album units to out-beat everyone else in the normal post-holiday industry recovery as not many major albums are being released.
The Weeknd took influences from Prince, The Smiths, Talking Heads and Bad Brains to create the collection known as Starboy. Styles changes outside of your fan expectations either end out great or end out terribly but I think it's safe to say if the Weeknd returns to number one that this risk surely paid off.
Are you surprised?