The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Becomes Spotify’s Most Streamed Song

| Updated: January 4, 2023 1:03 pm

The Weeknd, a Canadian singer, was taken aback when his song “Blinding Lights,” which he released in 2019, surpassed all previous records for Spotify streaming.

On New Year’s Eve, the 32-year-old celebrity, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, announced the news on Twitter. He responded by writing, “FOR NEW YEARS???” in response to the news that his song has successfully overtaken Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” adding three face emojis with party horn and party hat.

Later, The Weeknd took to Instagram to share images from the “Blinding Lights” music video, featuring footage of him laughing while his mouth was covered in blood and wearing a blood-red outfit. He expressed his happiness in the caption, “Happy new years to blinding lights. The most streamed song of all time tonight.”

On November 29, 2019, The Weeknd released “Blinding Lights” for the first time as the second single from his fourth studio album, “After Hours.” The song spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 after making its debut at number 11. It finally turned out to be the first song to remain in the top 10 for a complete year.

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” dethroned Ed’s “Shape of You” by 918,000 filtered streams, according to Spotify’s Daily Global ranking. In October, Ed talked about the potential for “Blinding Lights” to cover his song.

The Weeknd concluded 2022 as Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the year in addition to “Blinding Lights.” He released his most recent album, “Dawn FM,” in January. With 148,000 album-equivalent units, it entered the Billboard 200 chart at number two. The hits “Take My Breath,” “Sacrifice,” “Out of Time,” and “Less than Zero” served as its backbone.

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