On top of the whopping estimate, After Hours is also in the running as the largest debut of 2020 — a surprising feat considering how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has reportedly negatively impacted music streaming numbers. A report from Quartz revealed that in hard-hit country of Italy, the total average streaming of Spotify‘s 200 most streamed songs dropped from 18.3 million per day in February 2019 to a measly 14.4 million by March 9. A comparison of the top 200 streams from March 3 to March 17 also showcased a 23% drop.
The Toronto-based artist’s latest full-length project Starboy debuted at No. 1 with 348,000 units in December 2016, but his 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness marks his personal best with 412,000 units.
— chart data (@chartdata) March 21, 2020