The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights Becomes The First Track To Spend A Year In Billboard Top 10
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 reported by Billboard.
The accomplishment soars past the last song to hold the record for the longest time in the Top 10, which was Post Malone’s Circles with 39 weeks. Blinding Lights also holds the record for most time spent in the Top 5 at 43 weeks, Variety reported. If the song continues to stay in for 65 full weeks in the Hot 100, it’s well on its way toward breaking another record, which is held by Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive.
“After Hours was always meant to be a very personal project. It’s a story I had to tell,” The Weeknd said in a statement 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.”
.@theweeknd's "Blinding Lights" becomes the first song in Hot 100 history to spend an entire year in the chart's top 10 (52 weeks).
— chart data (@chartdata) March 8, 2021
In spite of the massive achievement, the song as well as the album, After Hours wasn’t nominated for the Grammys in any category. It is the most shocking snub of this year. Over 12 months, the 30-year-old singer has been an unstoppable force on the charts. ‘Heartless’ and ‘Blinding Lights’ were both Number 1 singles and it is one of his most critically acclaimed albums to date.
Talking about his upcoming projects with tmrw, The Weeknd talked about the cancellation of his tour and political environment that might have helped him decide the theme of his next album. “I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road…The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” he said.