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The Weeknd's 'The Highlights' Proves That Greatest-Hits Albums Can Still Work in 2021

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The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.

On the Pop Shop Podcast, we discuss the status of greatest-hits albums -- including our favorite hits collections of all time.

If you loved The Weeknd's Super Bowl halftime show and want to listen to all the songs he performed (and then some!) in one place, you're in luck: On Friday, ahead of his big Super Bowl Sunday set, the Canadian superstar dropped The Highlights, an 18-track collection that ties all his biggest hits up in a bow.

Of course, in the age of streaming and digital music, greatest-hits packages are not as prevalent as they once were. Why buy a curated album when you could stream a curated playlist -- or even compile a playlist of your personal favorites by an artist? Well, a lot of people just discovered The Weeknd on Sunday (as hard as that is to believe) or connected the dots from his name to his hits. So The Highlights is a great starting point -- and it's just one example of why greatest-hits albums can still make sense in 2021.

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we talk about modern-day greatest-hits success stories, who we're surprised doesn't yet have a hits collection, and some of our favorite greatest-hits albums of all time (the greatest of the greatest!). Listen below:

Also on the show, we’ve got chart news on how The Weeknd logs his 12th top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Save Your Tears,” and how CJ’s debut hit “Whoopty” also reaches the top 10. Plus, Morgan Wallen stays at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week, in the same tracking week in which TMZ published a video of Wallen using a racial slur.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard's deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)