The Weeknd’s “After Hours” Debuts as Biggest Album of 2020

The Weeknd’s latest album, After Hours (XO/Republic Records) was released to massive critical and fan acclaim and has now been crowned the year’s biggest release, earning over 2 billion global streams and nearly 2 million in global consumption.

The Grammy Award winning artist has not only captured a #1 album debut, but the single Blinding Lights has simultaneously captured the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his 5th #1 on the chart. In addition, “After Hours” has become the #1 R&B streaming album of all time, breaking the record previously held by The Weeknd’s 2016 release, Starboy. The artist now holds the #1 and #2 top streaming R&B albums of all time with “After Hours” and “Starboy.” 

“After Hours” is topping the charts across the globe, debuting #1 in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and New Zealand. The album debuted at #1 on Apple Music in over 85 countries and dominated the global Spotify Chart, capturing 7 of the Top 10.

Additionally, “Blinding Lights” has been the #1 airplay song and #1 official single in multiple countries for several consecutive weeks as well as Spotify’s #1 Global Song for 37 days and counting. The record has also has crossed over 5 million in Single Consumption.

The #1’s were aplenty for the release, #1 Billboard Debut of 2020 (After Hours), #1 Billboard Top 200 (After Hours), #1 Billboard Hot 100 (Blinding Lights), #1 Billboard R&B Album (After Hours), #1 Billboard Digital Song (Blinding Lights), #1 All-Time R&B Streaming Week (After Hours) and #1 Global Shazam (Blinding Lights).

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