The Weeknd‘s rise to pop stardom has been cool to watch. His new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, being the #1 in the country further signifies this.

Think about it: It wasn’t long ago that the you couldn’t find many pictures of the The Weeknd; he didn’t even appear on the artwork of his projects. Now he’s doing spins in front of fire at the MTV VMA’s. Speaking of which, the best thing to come out of this is probably “Can’t Feel My Face”. One of the biggest songs of the year is a euphemism about doing cocaine. And Taylor Swift approves.

Beauty Behind the Madness sold 412,000 units in it’s first week and is also The Weeknd’s first #1 album.

OTHER NOTES

Dr. Dre‘s Compton fell to the #5 spot. I also wanna point out that NWA‘s Straight Outta Compton (The original album from 1988, not the excellent movie) has been in the Top 20 for the few weeks. It currently sits at #16.

I missed this last week but J. Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive officially went Platinum. I don’t think we give enough props to what Cole is doing. That album doesn’t even have any big hits on it and still did something that is damn near impossible in today’s music climate. Forest Hills Drive is currently at #23.

I don’t think I’ll do charts anymore. Maybe. I’m still figuring it out.

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