While everyone else was at the VMAs, The Weeknd was busy setting world records. Recently, The Weeknd was presented with two new world records by Guinness World Records. The two new world records set by The Weeknd were the most streamed album on Spotify in one year and the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 by a male solo artist.
The Weeknd’s 2015 album, “Beauty Behind The Madness”, made it possible for him to receive such honors. The album was a huge success and went triple platinum. 60 million unique listeners on Spotify streamed “Beauty Behind The Madness” between December 1, 2014, and December 1, 2015. That massive streaming action resulted in The Weeknd receiving his first Guinness World Record title. The Weeknd’s smash single, “Can’t Feel My Face”, was streamed by itself 448,334,867 times by January 13, 2016.
The Weeknd was able to gain his second Guinness World Record title by having songs from the same album spending several weeks on top of the charts. The Weeknd had songs that collectively spent 45 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 between March 7, 2015, and January 9, 2016. The R&B singer was able to achieve this accomplishment with the help of three songs: “Earned It”, “Can’t Feel My Face”, and “The Hills”. “Earned It” was on the charts from March 7 to July 4, 2015. “Can’t Feel My Face” was on the charts from July 11 to November 14, 2015. “The Hills” lived at the top of the charts from August 1 to January 9, 2016.
The Weeknd’s new achievements will be documented in the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book. The new book is scheduled to be released on September 8th. These new titles are not the first accolades of the artist’s work. The Weeknd won two Grammy’s earlier this year for Best R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think The Weeknd is deserving of these new world records? Do you think his next album will have the same success? Let me know in the comments.
By Ronda Brooks