The Weeknd Passes Beyoncé & Jay-Z With New Rhythmic Songs No. 1

 Nabil Elderkin
The Weeknd

The Weeknd captures his 10th No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Heartless” climbs from No. 3 on the list dated Feb. 8.

The single arrives at the summit thanks to a whopping 19% surge in plays in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Here’s a recap of The Weeknd’s 10 leaders on the Rhythmic Songs chart:

Title, Artist (if other than The Weeknd), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Love Me Harder,” with Ariana Grande, five, Jan. 3, 2015
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” three, May 2, 2015
“Can’t Feel My Face,” five, Aug. 1, 2015
“The Hills,” five, Sept. 19,  2015
“In The Night,” one, Feb. 13, 2016
“Might Not,” Belly featuring The Weeknd, three, April 30, 2016
“Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, six, Nov. 5, 2016
“Party Monster,” one, April 1, 2017
“Pray For Me,” with Kendrick Lamar, two, April 14, 2018
“Heartless,” one week to date, Feb. 8, 2020

As “Heartless” rises, The Weeknd breaks from a tie with Beyoncé and Jay-Z to become the seventh act to break the double-digit barrier in terms of No. 1s on Rhythmic Songs. Here’s a full look at the leaderboard since the chart began in October 1992:

26, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
11, Bruno Mars
11, Chris Brown
11, Lil Wayne
10, The Weeknd

Beyond its Rhythmic Songs coronation, “Heartless” remains in the top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, where it holds at its current No. 10 peak for a second week with a 7% rise in plays in the week. The song also retains the No. 20 slot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay -- its highest placement -- for a fifth nonconsecutive week, though it slides 5% to 9.2 million in audience in the week ending Feb. 2.

The Weeknd’s other current single, “Blinding Lights,” climbs 32-31 on Rhythmic Songs and 20-19 on Pop Songs in its third and seventh weeks, respectively, on the radio-based rankings.

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