The Weeknd has equaled Michael Jackson’s achievement on the Billboard chart of having multiple No. 1 hits from three different albums. Michael Jackson accomplished this feat with Off The Wall in 1979, Thriller in 1982, and Bad in 1987, while The Weeknd attained it with Beauty Behind The Madness in 2015, Starboy in 2016, and After Hours in 2020.
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande
The new feat is far from the first historic Billboard accomplishment The Weeknd has achieved. With the release of Dawn FM, he earned 24 songs on the Global 200 chart, six of them coming from the album. Those included “Sacrifice,” “Take My Breath,” “Gasoline,” “Out of Time,” as well as “Is There Someone Else?” and “How Do I Make You Love Me?.” It was the first time a male artist had ever done so. Kanye West and Drake have both come close, however, with 23 and 22, respectively. The Weeknd has also broken the all-time record for most monthly global listeners among all artists on Spotify.
The Weeknd was even compared to Michael Jackson by Timbaland in 2022, following the release of Dawn FM. “Yo… this album different y’all. This shit right here, this on some Thriller shit,” the iconic producer said at the time on social media. “Trust me when I tell you. And the way he dropped this shit, yo. Congrats, this shit is amazing.” The video went viral with people arguing both sides of the opinion.
.@theweeknd joins Michael Jackson as the only male soloist in Hot 100 history to have multiple #1 hits from three albums. pic.twitter.com/GmwZUoB2RK
— chart data (@chartdata) March 7, 2023
The Weeknd’s Response
Congratulations to Canada’s The Weeknd on this tremendous feat on the competitive Billboard Charts.