The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is undeniably one of the milestones of 2020 – and the only reason it isn’t even more dominant is because it was on Nov.. has been published. 29, 2019, and saw significant numbers again this year.
Written by The Weeknd with Max Martin (the most successful songwriter-producer of the last 25 years) and Oscar Holter and produced by the trio with Jason « DaHeala » Quenneville and Ahmad « Belly » Balshe stunning 4. 5 billion global streams. It’s the most streamed song of the year on Spotify and the ninth most streamed song on the platform of all time (and it’s barely a year old). . It’s Billboard’s No.. . 1 record of the year and all-time record for the longest running top 5 and top 10 records in the 62-year history of the Hot 100. It’s the most played song on America’s largest radio station, iHeartRadio, and has been used in everything from Pepsi and Mercedes ads to « Wrestlemania ». It topped the singles charts in many large countries for several weeks.
With a crystalline synth hook from 1985, the initial success of The Weeknd provided the confirmation he needed to advance the adventurous songs on his latest album, After Hours, which was released a few months later in March « Blinding Lights » fell. In an early sign of the song’s longevity, it didn’t hit the top of the Alpha Data charts until April.
« At first I felt like I was going overboard with ambition, » The Weeknd told Variety earlier this year. « I’m ambitious, but I thought it might be too much. But it wasn’t until people liked « Blinding Lights » that I said, « That’s not what it is now, and people loved it anyway. « . ’”
Looking back on an unprecedented year that dominated The Weeknd, it all started with « Blinding Lights » (although « Heartless » was released a few days earlier) – and while the song set some harrowing times to music, it has come to symbolize strength and triumph over adversity.
And with The Weeknd to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Jan. . 31 – by far the largest stage in the world for a musician – the story is still playing out.
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