“BLINDING LIGHTS” BECOMES THE ONLY SONG IN HISTORY TO SPEND A FULL YEAR (52 WEEKS) IN THE TOP 10 OF THE BILLBOARD HOT 100
DIAMOND CERTIFIED ARTIST THE WEEKND SURPASSES 80 MILLION RIAA DIGITAL SONG CERTIFICATIONS, MOVING INTO THE TOP 10 FOR MOST DIGITAL SINGLE CERTIFICATIONS OF ALL TIME
“BLINDING LIGHTS” IS THE BEST-SELLING SONG OF THE PAST YEAR WORLDWIDE AS RECOGNIZED BY THE IFPI WITH THE COVETED “GLOBAL DIGITAL SINGLE AWARD”
Exceeding yet another impressive benchmark, diamond-selling Toronto artist The Weeknd’s smash single “Blinding Lights” has again broken chart records spending its 52nd week in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. It becomes the first song in the history of the chart (which began Aug. 4, 1958) to spend a full year’s time in the top 10.
Additionally, The Weeknd has received the 2020 IFPI Global Digital Single Award for the septuple-platinum smash “Blinding Lights.” The Global Digital Single Award recognizes the best-selling single of the year worldwide across individual track downloads as well as paid and ad-supported streams. This marks his very first IFPI honor.
In its continued dominance, his blockbuster chart-dominating fourth full-length album, After Hours, has also garnered multiple new certifications from the RIAA. After Hours has reached double-platinum status while standout tracks “Save Your Tears,” “After Hours,” and “In Your Eyes” have all progressed to platinum. Additionally, “Blinding Lights” has officially been minted seven-times platinum. With these developments, he has reeled in a staggering total of 80 million-plus RIAA Digital Song Certifications, placing him in rarified air and in the “The Top 10 Most Digital Single Certifications of All Time.”
The Weeknd recently announced the After Hours World Tour. The 104-date global tour will kick off on January 14, 2022 in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena with stops in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London and more, before wrapping November 18 in Glasgow at SSE Hydro. The announcement comes just days ahead of the multi-platinum singer’s headlining Super Bowl performance, and also includes a handful of rescheduled dates shifting from 2021 to be a part of the After Hours World Tour in 2022. Tickets are on sale now. Full routing can be found HERE.
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A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.