Gunna and The Weeknd ignited the new year by dropping solo albums early 2022.
The Weeknd releasing his psychedelic, r&b 80s-feeling album, Dawn FM. Gunna dropped the fourth installment of his drip season mixtapes, DS4EVER, which sold 150k units the first week. Beating out his last project, WUNNA which had 113k in 2020.
Many predicted The Weeknd to sell well over 250k, but with little marketing and hype to the radio station-themed album, Abel sold only 148k. This is infrequently low for The Weeknd, who sold over 440k first week with his 2020 album, After Hours. The difference in sales between the two boys of works is an estimate 60%.