The Weeknd holds top spot on Billboard chart

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd.

The Weeknd earns a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as Beauty Behind the Madness continues to reign as the most popular album in the U.S. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, the musician discusses how his Ethiopian upbringing shaped him artistically. “My mother, my grandmother, my uncles would play Ethiopian artists like Aster Aweke and Mulatu Astatke all the time in the house. It’s such beautiful music, but I didn’t realize how beautiful it was until I left that head space.That’s why I feel like my singing is not conventional” said the musician. “The feeling in my music and in my voice is very Ethiopian and very African and much more powerful than anything, technically. That 114,000 figure is also the group’s best sales week ever, surpassing the 112,000 launch of 2013’s No. 2-peaking The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1.

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. Their steady climb started with 1998’s Virtual XI (10,000 sales debut, up from the 6,000 of 1995’s X Factor) and then continued on with 2000’s Brave New World (38,000), 2003’s Dance of Death (40,000), 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death (56,000), 2010’s The Final Frontier (63,000) and now its new album. His lyrics are still as juvenile as ever, as he talks about spending money “on them bitches”, asks “who’s going to touch you like me”, and more winning moments. Luke Bryan’s former No. 1 album Kill the Lights slips 3-6 with 45,000 units (down 11 percent) and Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 4-7 with 43,000 units (down 2 percent). Sure, Ocean and Beyoncé and many other artists within the RnB, Neo Soul movements talk about sex and promiscuity freely, but there’s a reason why it may work a bit better there.

There is a mixture of the out of body soaring his mixtapes delivered and the digital roaring Kissland started introducing on this release, and it sometimes works quite nicely. Some other songs fall through the cracks, and this is something that is more to do with the standard R&B album being a tough formula to pull off more than it is to do with The Weeknd.

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