In the battle for falsetto-heavy lust-cyborg supremacy on the Billboard charts this week, we have may have an unexpected victor.
No, we're not talking about One Direction, whose second studio album, "Take Me Home," is a lock to claim the top spot this week. The gloomy R&B project The Weeknd, helmed by singer Abel Tesfaye, appears to be a sleeper pick for the No. 2 slot with "Trilogy."
The album, a physical compilation of the group's three free mixtapes from 2011 and some bonus material, is expected to move around 100,000 units in its first week for XO/Republic.
The project earned rapturous buzz for its narcotic, decadent soundscapes and initially cryptic Internet presence, but has since moved into the limelight with high-profile Drake collaborations and major festival appearances. The act will play a prime slot at next month's Cali Christmas in L.A., hosted by mainstream hip-hop tastemaker Power 106.