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The Weeknd Talks Unprecedented Year in Hot 100's Top 10 With 'Blinding Lights': 'This Is Truly a Result of the Fans'

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Duncan Loudon

The Weeknd, 2020

The song spends its 52nd week in the top tier.

The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" makes history as the first song ever to spend a year in the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, as it logs its 52nd week in the region on the chart dated March 13.

The smash, which rebounds from No. 5 to No. 3, spent four weeks at No. 1 last April-May, eventually finishing as the Hot 100's top hit of all of 2020. After debuting at No. 11 on the chart dated Nov. 14, 2019, it reached the top 10 on Feb. 29, 2020, and has spent all but two frames on the chart in the top tier since (ranking at Nos. 11 and 18 for two weeks in December; it also spent a week off the chart in January due to recurrent rules when an influx of holiday hits helped push it below No. 25).

The song was released, on XO/Republic Records, from The Weeknd's LP After Hours, which tallied its first four weeks atop the Billboard 200 last April. On the latest chart, the set ranks at No. 6.

"After Hours was always meant to be a very personal project. It's a story I had to tell," The Weeknd muses to Billboard. "The fact I've been able to tell it with the world listening is incredible. This Billboard chart record is truly a result of the fans. I'm so humbled and forever grateful to them."

"Blinding Lights," which The Weeknd highlighted as the closer in his Super Bowl LV halftime show Feb. 7, has totaled 4.2 billion in cumulative radio audience, via its 1.4 million plays; 1.1 billion audio and video streams combined; and 726,000 downloads sold in the U.S. through the week ending March 4, according to MRC Data.

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