Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pre-Sales for the Weekend's Album 'Starboy' Push It to Qualify for Juno Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pre-Sales for the Weekend's Album 'Starboy' Push It to Qualify for Juno Awards

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The Weeknd's pre-sales qualify 'Starboy' for Juno nom

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TORONTO - The Weeknd's hit album "Starboy" may have appeared to miss the deadline for this year's Juno Awards, but that didn't stop it from getting a best album nomination.

The decision came down to fine print in the Juno eligibility rules.

Organizers behind Canada's biggest music awards say they allowed the singer's third album to qualify this year because strong pre-sales were registered in the days leading up to the closing of the eligibility period.

Album of the year is one of the Juno categories in which nominees are based solely on sales figures.

Submission guidelines say Juno contenders must have released their album by Nov. 11, 2016, to be considered, while "Starboy" hit retail stores and online merchants on Nov. …

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