The Weeknd and 2 Chainz both debuted in the top three of the Billboard 200 chart this week.
The Weeknd landed at No. 2 selling 95,000 of Kiss Land. The Toronto artist barely missed the top spot with his first studio album as country star Keith Urban beat him out by selling 98,000 copies of his latest album Fuse. The margin between The Weeknd and Urban's sales for No. 1 is the closest since this January, where the soundtrack for Les Misérable outsold Mumford & Sons' Babel 92,000 to 91,000.
2 Chainz' new album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time sold 63,000, enough to take the No. 3 spot on Billboard. While the top three placement is respectable, the sales are a far cry from his debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story, which sold 147,000 in its first week.
Prior to the official sales tally, estimates initially had The Weeknd's Kiss Land going No. 1. He may have celebrated a little too early.
NUMBER 1 ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY. I LOVE MY FANS XO, WE GOOD!!!!!!— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 18, 2013
AWWH. SO CLOSE THEY HAD TO RECOUNT!!! STILL GOT THE BEST FANS!! THANK YOU XO— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 18, 2013
UPDATE: According to Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson, the reported SoundScan numbers are as follows:
SoundScan says: 1 WEEKND KISSLAND 98669 2 URBAN KEITH FUSE 98225 Now you tell me who won?— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) September 18, 2013
Also, watch this Instagram video of Drake congratulating The Weeknd on his No. 1 album.
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