The Weeknd is looking to score his fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as reports forecast 62,000 to 75,000 equivalent album units for After Hours next week. However, the XO Records founder sees a new challenger in Tory Lanez, whose latest mixtape The New Toronto 3 is projected to earn 63,000 to 71,000 units in its debut week.
Both artists will be achieving impressive feats if they land on the No. 1 slot. If The Weeknd retains his lead, After Hours will become the first album since Drake‘s Scorpion to spend its first four weeks on top of the chart, and will be only the fifth title to record at least four total weeks at No. 1 since 2018. Meanwhile, The New Toronto 3 could be Lanez’s first-ever leader on the Billboard 200, following Chixtape 5‘s No. 2 debut in November 2019.
Billboard reports that “a wild-card factor” in projections are The Weeknd and Lanez’s merchandise/album bundles. While The New Toronto 3 features a limited range of bundles, After Hours continues to offer new batches of merchandise/album combinations.
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