The Weeknd (Toronto-born Abel Tesfaye) is now statistically the world’s most popular musician, Guinness World Records said on Monday.
The 33-year-old singer has set two new Guinness World Records titles: Most monthly listeners on Spotify – 111.4 million (as of 20 March 2023) and First artist to reach 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify
The Weeknd currently has almost 30 million more monthly listeners than second-placed Miley Cyrus (82.4 million).
He is also well ahead of Shakira (81.6 million), Ariana Grande (80.6 million), Taylor Swift (80.2 million), Rihanna (78.5 million), and his closest male challenger, Ed Sheeran (77.5 million).
The Weeknd’s original “Die For You” was released in 2016 as part of his Starboy album, and has finally topped the charts six years later. This is the longest climb to number one on the Hot 100 for a non-holiday song in history.
Starboy is now the third of The Weeknd’s albums to spawn multiple number one singles, after Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) and After Hours (2020).
Michael Jackson is the only other solo male musician to have ever achieved this feat.
The Weeknd has released five studio albums since debuting with Kiss Land (2013). His latest release, Dawn FM (2022), is his most critically acclaimed project to date.