The coronation occurs ahead of the release of the song’s remix with Ariana Grande, due Friday (April 23) at midnight ET.
“Tears” is The Weeknd’s fourth Pop Airplay leader and the second from his most recent studio album, After Hours, after “Blinding Lights” dominated for six nonconsecutive weeks between April and July 2020. During its run on Pop Airplay, “Lights” set the records for most total weeks on the chart (60), in the top 10 (39) and in the top five (29).
(After Hours lead single “Heartless” hit No. 5 on Pop Airplay, while, in between “Lights” and “Tears,” third single “In Your Eyes” reached No. 20.)
The Weeknd previously topped Pop Airplay with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (one week, May 2015) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (four weeks, August-September 2015), among his 11 top 10s on the tally.
Meanwhile, “Tears” marks co-writer and co-producer Max Martin’s staggering and record-extending 43rd No. 1 as a writer and 37th as a producer on Pop Airplay, dating to his first (in both roles), Britney Spears’ debut hit “…Baby One More Time” in 1999.
Here’s a breakdown of Martin’s 43 Pop Airplay No. 1s as a writer, by lead artist: Katy Perry (nine); Taylor Swift (seven); P!nk (five); Ariana Grande (four); Britney Spears, The Weeknd (three each); Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5 (two each); Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Taio Cruz, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake (one each); and one shared by Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran (“I Don’t Care,” in 2019).