The Weeknd Beat Gunna To Earns 4th Consecutive No. 1 Album “Dawn FM”
The Weeknd has done it again with another No. 1 project.
The Canadian artist charted his fourth consecutive No. 1 album with Dawn FM. This follows on from 2015 The beauty behind the madness, 2016 starboy, and the 2020s after hours. This time he had to fight a little harder for the top spot as he received a serious challenge from Gunna. DS4Ever.
Both albums kick off the 2022 era, and both are well received by fans. Latest album stats courtesy of Hits Daily Double. According to the publication, The Weeknd’s fifth studio effort, Dawn FM, took first place, in its debut, with an estimated total of 154,000 album-equivalent units earned.
Gunna’s final at her Drip Season The series took second place behind Dawn FM with an estimated total of 151,000 album-equivalent units earned. Gunna’s success came from thoughtful features that appealed to hip-hop fans.
Some notable features included Drake on “P Power” and “Too Easy” with Future. There was also a remix of “Too Easy”, which featured Roddy Ricch. The album’s success can also be attributed to its trending on social media, attracting even more listeners.
The Weeknd’s numbers were previously predicted by Hits Daily Double and were exactly as they predicted with an estimated total of 154,000 album-equivalent units earned. What needs to be taken into consideration is the fact that The Weeknd has decided not to release physical copies of Dawn FM, something that would likely have boosted album sales.
This information was first made public in a now-deleted tweet which read, “No physical copies (vinyls, CDs, cassettes) of @theweeknd’s ‘Dawn FM’ will be available in stores during release week. , no physical copies will be shipped in week 1. This will obviously impact the numbers for week 1.
The “Save Your Tears” crooner responded to this tweet by explaining that he’s not interested in the numbers.
“I don’t care. What matters is to experience the album with the fans during these times,” he said on January 6.
Even with such high expectations after the meteoric popularity of after hours, The Weeknd did not disappoint. Some in the industry have already started praising the album.
This includes respected rapper and producer Timbaland, who compared the album to the Michael Jackson classic. Polar. Even though those comments didn’t go over so well on Twitter, it’s an indicator of how the producer rated the “Blinding Lights” artist’s latest efforts.
The Weeknd’s timing for releasing the album is also sublime as there are no real challengers coming at the moment. If it stays that way, he looks set to retain the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week in a row.
He hopes it can match the ridiculously impressive success of after hours which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 444,000 album-equivalent units, including 275,000 pure album sales. It marked the biggest sales of the first week of 2020 for an album at the time. It eventually spent four weeks at No. 1 and became the first album to score four consecutive weeks since Drake’s Scorpio in 2018.
This album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for earning over two million album-equivalent units in the United States.