BALTIMORE, MD –
The Weeknd has been piling up the wins. His positions on the Billboard charts tell the whole story.
He released his first album in 4 years, After Hours, just a week ago. The 14-track album was like a musical circus that performed in black and white; by choice. Even though I have a slight bias toward “Abel’s” artistry, After Hours is an album that allows you to feel the pain in the music.
The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 charts after moving 444,000 equivalent units in the United States. That data is according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data and represents the week ending March 26th. Also, his single “Blinding Lights” has become his fifth no. 1 song in his career. It’s currently atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Speaking of his blinding lights, he seeks to shine bright in a dark time for the world.
“When I started making this album, I never imagined it would be released as we face a worldwide pandemic,” Weeknd said in a press release. “I always felt that music helped me in hard times and I hope that this body of work can do the same for others. It’s been amazing to see the real heroes shine in our world right now, the healthcare workers, the grocery store clerks and staff, delivery people, first responders – everyone putting their lives on the line to help others. This album is for them and any small joy or relief it can bring.”