The song ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd remains as popular as ever, with the song having now spent an 88th consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100 list. That breaks the record of 87 weeks previous set by Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’.
No other song, apart from those two, had ever spent more than 80 weeks inside the top 100 on the charts. With ‘Blinding Lights’ still as high as 18th position, the record could be extended well beyond 88 weeks.
As well as smashing this record, the hit also broke records for the most weeks inside the Billboard Hot 100 top five (43 weeks) , top 10 (57 weeks), top 20 (79 weeks) and top 40 (84 weeks).
Forever grateful to be able to experiment with sounds, try new things with my voice and create music with the people I truly love and respect,” he wrote on Instagram.
“For the last decade every song has been a journey and to be able to continue this journey has been nothing short of a blessing. It’s the only gift I could ever ask for.
Three-time Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter and music producer whose debut album, Trilogy, was gold-certified. He’s had several top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list, including “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Starboy.”
He started gaining a following after anonymously uploading his songs to YouTube in 2010. He went on to release a mixtape called House of Balloons, which was met with critical acclaim.
He became the first artist in history to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. In 2018, he released his own Marvel comic book titled Starboy based on his image. He made his film debut in the 2019 movie Uncut Gems.
His real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. His parents are from Ethiopia and he speaks Amharic. He’s an only child. He began dating Bella Hadid in 2015 and the two have been in an on-and-off relationship over the years. He dated Selena Gomez for about a year before they broke up in late 2017. He also dated Alice Ustinova.
He was featured on the 2011 Drake song “Crew Love.”
The Weeknd dated the fashion model Bella Hadid in 2015 and 2016. She appears in his “In the Night” music video and they walked the red carpet together at the 2016 Grammy Awards. By the end of 2016 reports indicated they broke up due to professional schedule conflicts.
One of the most notable elements in The Weeknd’s appearance is his hair. He began to grow it out in 2011, and he told Rolling Stone that he was partially influenced by the hairstyle of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 2016, with the release of his third non-compilation studio album Starboy, he cut his famous hair.
Top Hit Singles
2014 – “Love Me Harder” with Ariana Grande – Republic Records put together this collaboration to promote their rising artists Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. With production from Max Martin’s Swedish pop team, the record was a major success climbing into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #3 at mainstream pop radio.
2014 – “Earned It” – The Weeknd’s contribution to the soundtrack for the film Fifty Shades of Grey is the only song heard twice in the movie. It was a massive hit going to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Earned It” also won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance while being nominated for Best R&B Song.
2015 – “The Hills” – Many critics praised The Weeknd for returning to a darker sound on “The Hills” after his pop success with “Earned It.” It knocked his single “Can’t Feel My Face” out of #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 even though it was originally released two weeks earlier than the other single. “The Hills” spent six weeks at the top.
2015 – “Can’t Feel My Face” – This song was The Weeknd’s second hit collaboration with the Max Martin team after “Love Me Harder.” It is strongly influenced by Michael Jackson’s legendary work. “Can’t Feel My Face” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.
2016 – “Starboy” – This is the title song and first single from The Weeknd’s third studio album. It details the impact of the celebrity lifestyle. Daft Punk co-wrote and co-produced the song. “Starboy” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit the top 10 across adult pop, dance, and mainstream pop radio.