On Monday, Guinness World Records announced that The Weeknd, who made history by becoming the first artist to reach 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify, is the most popular musician in the world.
According to Guinness World Records, the 33-year-old singer has set two world records for music streaming, neither of which is even close to being broken. He is the first musician in Spotify history to amass 100 million monthly listeners.
Spotify itself tweeted last month, “It’s official: On February 27, The Weeknd became the first artist in Spotify History to reach 100 Million monthly listeners.”
His “Die For You” remix, which featured Ariana Grande and went viral on TikTok, is largely responsible for the recent uptick in streams.
The updated version of the song, which first appeared in 2016, has also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the month of March. It’s Grande and The Weeknd’s (real name: Abel Tesfaye) seventh No. 1 single. It was the second time that a collaboration between The Weeknd and Grande resulted in a number-one remix; their 2021 remix of “Save Your Tears” also topped the charts.
As of this past Monday, “Blinding Lights,” a song from The Weeknd’s upcoming album, 2020, had over 3.47 billion plays on Spotify. Starboy,” one of his singles, is a Spotify all-time favorite.
The Weeknd has won multiple Guinness World Record titles before. Back in 2016, he was honored with two trophies: one for having the most-streamed album on Spotify in 2015, and another for having the most weeks spent inside the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 by a male solo artist.