The Highlights was released on Feb. 5, two days before The Weeknd played the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7.
Of The Highlights’ 89,000-unit sum, 70,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 101.94 million on-demand streams of the songs), 10,000 comprise album sales and 9,000 comprise TEA units.
The Highlights boasts 11 of The Weeknd’s 12 top 10-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Among the album’s songs are two that are also on his most recent studio album, 2020’s After Hours: “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.” The TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to The Highlights on the chart as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (After Hours sold 6,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while The Highlights sold 10,000. Due to the track reassignment, After Hours moves 4-37 on the Billboard 200, with 15,000 units earned – down 57%.)
In total, The Highlights is The Weeknd’s seventh top 10 album, the entirety of his charting efforts – and all of them have reached the top five of the list.
Foo Fighters fly in at No. 3 with the band’s new studio album Medicine at Midnight, marking the group’s ninth top 10. The set launches with 70,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 64,000 comprise album sales (it’s the No. 1-selling album of the week), 6,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 7.66 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs) and a negligible number comprise TEA units.