Four chapters in and The Weeknd’s comings of success display themselves as unmissable. To follow up the damage he did with his 2015 release of Beauty Behind The Madness, Abel comfortably shows up in the fall of 2016 — presenting his Starboy album. With each chapter set in its own ways, The Weeknd’s repetitive actions to voice his growth, shows on each release.
Beauty Behind The Madness’ first-week numbers were up there, hitting 412,000 equivalent album units moved. Starboy is highly likely to see numbers in that range, but not quite as up there. HitsDailyDouble reported that we should expect Starboy to pull in 350-400k equivalent units, which includes streaming. 225-275k album units are expected for traditional sales.
Backed by the title track that is “Starboy,” and Abel continues to impress upon his releases. Trilogy, Kissland, Beauty Behind The Madness, and now he’s a Star, boy. It’s true, he comes alive in the fall time and does it proper. On his song “Reminder,” he reminds us all why he’s at the top of the game. He’s had the challenge of reinventing himself — countless times, perfecting sounds — that no other artist shall dare to mimic.
During his interview with Zane Lowe, The Weeknd speaks on what it was like recording in L.A., a place that was all-too distant at one point.
“I spoke about Los Angeles in my music, but I had never been. For example in “The Morning,” ‘Cali is the mission,” The Weeknd explained. “To me that’s like a fantasy world. California, is like ‘you made it.”
The 26-year-old Toronto native has done much more than make it, he’s in the middle of making his own history. The chapters continue.