The Weeknd logs a 22nd week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 27), rebounding from No. 2, thanks to the continued success of his album After Hours and its hit singles “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.”
“Blinding Lights,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April-May 2020, ranks at No. 6 on the latest list and ties the records for the most weeks spent in the top 20 and top 40. The song has now spent 60 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 20 (matching Post Malone’s “Circles”) and 63 weeks in the top 40 (tying Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”). The song also extends its mark for the most weeks spent in the top 10 (54), after also breaking the record for the most weeks spent in the top five (43).
“Save Your Tears” places just ahead of “Blinding Lights” on the latest Hot 100 at No. 5, after reaching No. 4.
After Hours ranks at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data (after it led for four weeks in 2020), while The Weeknd’s best-of The Highlights, which also houses both songs, follows at No. 21 with 23,000 units (after it arrived at its No. 2 best in February).
The Weeknd has spent the third-most weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, dating to the chart’s 2014 launch. Taylor Swift leads with 46 weeks on top, followed by Drake, with 32.
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
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