Monday, June 24, 2024

Pop: The Weeknd Scores A Debut Week Twice the Size of Justin Bieber, Beating BTS for 2020’s Biggest Debut


We’re about  90 days into 2020, and the biggest debut of the year so far is here. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” scored 445,000 copies sold including streaming.

That’s the biggest debut of 2020, beating BTS by about 20,000 copies. It’s also roughly double what Justin Bieber sold of his “Changes” album.

The Weeknd also has several hit singles from “After Hours,” all in the top half of the charts. And this is interesting: The Weeknd’s sales were more than half in CDs and paid downloads. Streaming was secondary. The Weeknd’s fans want to own this music, not just access it passively.

The Weeknd also made mincemeat (can you still do that) of Childish Gambino’s badly released new album called “3.15.20” or “We Don’t Know What We’re Doing.” The Donald Glover aka Gambino album could not have been handled more poorly.

Former One Directioner Niall Horan’s second album “Heartbreak Weather” fell from 4 to 47, it’s over. What happened? Capitol is not connecting with the One Direction audience or even Harry Styles’. Horan doesn’t wear lipstick and fishnet stockings. He’s just a solid singer-songwriter. But he needs marketing, and fast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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