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The Weeknd Scores First Streaming Songs No. 1 in 5 Years With 'Blinding Lights'

The Weeknd
Anton Tammi

The Weeknd

All 14 songs from “After Hours” reach the chart, eight of which hit the top 10.

The entirety of The Weeknd’s new album After Hours reaches Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart dated April 4, led by current single “Blinding Lights,” which shoots 5-1.

“Blinding Lights” becomes The Weeknd’s second No. 1 on Streaming Songs, following the four-week reign of “The Hills” in October/November 2015. “Blinding Lights” rules with 32.1 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

It’s the first song to ascend to No. 1 on Streaming Songs since January; Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” which reached the top of the chart in mid-January (Jan. 11), had led for 12 straight weeks prior to the ascension of “Blinding Lights.”

All 14 songs from After Hours hit Streaming Songs. “In Your Eyes” is the chart’s top debut, bowing at No. 4 (19.3 million streams), followed by the re-entry of “Heartless” (No. 5, 19.4 million streams).

Eight of the chart’s top 10 songs belong to The Weeknd, marking the second week in three weeks that an artist holds at least eight of the 10, following Lil Uzi Vert on the March 21, 2020, tally. Just four artists – The Weeknd, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone and Drake – have had at least eight songs in Streaming Songs’ top 10 at any time since its 2013 inception.

Most Songs in Top 10 at One Time, Streaming Songs
9, Drake (July 14, 2018)
8, The Weeknd (April 4)
8, Lil Uzi Vert (March 21)
8, Post Malone (May 12, 2018)
7, Post Malone (Sept. 21, 2019)
6, Lil Wayne (Oct. 13, 2018)
6, J. Cole (Dec. 31, 2016) 

The Weeknd now has 18 top 10s on Streaming Songs, tying Lil Uzi Vert for the third most in the chart’s history (a mark the latter reached on the previous list).

Most Top 10s, Streaming Songs
40, Drake
19, Post Malone
18, The Weeknd
18, Lil Uzi Vert
16, Ariana Grande
15, Justin Bieber
15, Kanye West

In all, The Weeknd has reached Streaming Songs with 55 different titles, third most all time.

Most Entries, Streaming Songs
139, Drake
58, Future
55, The Weeknd
51, Lil Uzi Vert
46, Nicki Minaj
43, Kanye West
42, Lil Wayne
41, Post Malone
41, Travis Scott
35, Lil Baby

The Weeknd’s 14-song week on Streaming Songs comes as all 14 tracks from the album also reach the Billboard Hot 100, also led by “Blinding Lights,” which becomes his fourth No. 1.

After Hours itself bows atop the Billboard 200 with 444,000 equivalent album units earned.