The Weeknd Rules Artist 100, Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Charts Simultaneously

The Weeknd previously completed the trifecta in 2015.

The Weeknd is simultaneously No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100, Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, thanks to the opening week of his new album After Hours, which launches atop the Billboard 200 with 444,000 equivalent album units earned (the top weekly total for any album this year), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Plus, the set’s “Blinding Lights” reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the first time, as The Weeknd charts all 14 songs from the standard version of After Hours.

The pop/R&B singer-songwriter-producer first led all three lists simultaneously on Sept. 26, 2015, thanks to album Beauty Behind the Madness and single “Can’t Feel My Face.” He tripled up the following week (Oct. 3, 2015), with Madness and subsequent Hot 100 leader “The Hills.”

Since the Artist 100 launched in 2014, seven other artists have ruled all three charts simultaneously. Drake has achieved the feat a record 14 times (most recently on Aug. 11, 2018, with Scorpion and “In My Feelings”), followed by Taylor Swift (seven), Adele (six), Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran (two each) and Camila Cabello and Kendrick Lamar (one each).

Before The Weeknd this week, Grande had last earned the honor, as she ruled with the Billboard 200 with Thank U, Next and the Hot 100 with “7 Rings” on March 2, 2019.

The Weeknd spends a 16th total week at No. 1 on the Artist 100, and his first since April 14, 2018. Dating to the chart’s inception, only Taylor Swift and Drake have spent more weeks at No. 1, with 37 and 31 frames, respectively.

Among other Artist 100 chart moves, Kenny Rogers posthumously debuts at No. 3, following his death on March 20, as his albums and songs surge on multiple charts.

Plus, Conan Gray debuts at No. 5 on the Artist 100, thanks to his LP Kid Krow, which opens at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 49,000 units.

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.

Via: Billboard