The Weeknd Set A Billboard Record With ‘Blinding Lights’

March 9, 2021

The Weeknd’s hit “Blinding Lights” became the first track in history to be on the top 10 Billboard charts in a year, the first single to spend 52 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100 since the chart’s 1958 inception.

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Variety’s sources said the song set a record to top 10 Billboard Hot 100 for 43 weeks, surpassing Post Marlone’s Circles (39 weeks). Experts predict ‘Blinding Lights’ could break another record of 87 consecutive weeks in the rankings of Radioactive (Imagine Dragons).

The Weeknd had a successful year in the music scene with the album ‘After Hours’ released in March 2020. ‘Heartless And ‘Blinding Lights’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and were ranked platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (one million copies). The album also topped the US market in its first week of release with sales of 444,000 copies and held this position for four weeks.

MV Blinding Lights also reached nearly 400 million views after more than a month of posting on Youtube

Despite being praised by critics, the album ‘After Hours’ was completely “ignored” at this year’s Grammy Award as it did not receive any nomination. At the end of November 2020, The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nominations despite having multiple hits this year.

The three-time Grammy winner criticized the Recording Academy after he was severely snubbed despite having one of the year’s biggest albums with “After Hours” and being tapped as the Super Bowl halftime headline performer. He also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless.”

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” the singer said on Twitter. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.” The US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – the Grammy organizer – denied the allegations from The Weeknd. 

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