As has been the case since Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd continues his dominance on the album charts.
Following the mysterious release of My Dear Melancholy, the singer earns his third consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. According to Nielsen Music's estimations, the surprise release, which arrived last month (March 30) via XO/Republic Records, logged in 169,000 equivalent album units in its first week, giving it the biggest week for an R&B album in over a year, as Billboard reports. The six-song project is also the shortest album to snag the top spot of the Billboard 200 in nearly a decade. Of its sales total, 68,000 were in traditional album sales.
My Dear Melancholy follows The Weeknd's previous chart-toppers, which include 2015'sBeauty Behind the Madness and 2016's Starboy.
In addition to the Melancholy's big sales week, the album could soon see a follow-up — that's at least according to fan theories. Last night (April 8), the elusive singer took to Twitter and posted a simple, if not the simplest in his entire Twitter timeline, message that reads as follows:
,— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 8, 2018
Just a comma, the cryptic message sent fans into a frenzy, with many speculating that a new chapter could be arriving soon, since Melancholy was: A) six songs, B) titled with a "," at the end, and C) SIX. SONGS. All of that said, a comma was enough to get fans engaged online, as the theories continue to spill all over social media.
Okay , I'll have to tell the others . pic.twitter.com/AZqcsvDsLd— PABLO (@PabloFedados) April 8, 2018
That comma is deeper than that pic.twitter.com/qCJVx1M0qf— MY DEAR MELANCHOLY (@FalteinYolanda) April 9, 2018
Part 2 EP incoming.. TRILOGY ERA is upon us!! #XO— Latest News Explorer (@LatestXplorer) April 9, 2018
My dear melancholy is part 1 of 3 for Trilogy 2 I’m calling it out #theweeknd— 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 (@mmagnus99) March 30, 2018
Yo imagine if The Weeknd drops 2 more similar projects like this year. Trilogy 2 👀— Adonis Johnson (@JvhnnyOG) March 30, 2018
I feel like the @theweeknd is putting out two more albums this year on that trilogy 2.0 shit i mean the name of this album ends with a comma not a period— David (@TheHulliCopter) March 30, 2018
hot take: "My Dear Melancholy," is 1/3 of the Trilogy 2, and he will release the other 2 EPs this year @theweeknd— Sean Macfarlane (@Sean_Macfarlane) March 30, 2018