Thanks to a number of female contributors (i.e. Doja Cat on ‘In Your Eyes,’ Rosalia on ‘Blinding Lights,’ etc.), The Weeknd has given hits from his blockbuster fourth studio album, ‘After Hours,’ extended lifelines on the Hot 100 with remixes.
Giving his latest single, ‘Save Your Tears,’ the same treatment courtesy of a revamp featuring Ariana Grande, the GRAMMY winners’ reunion – nearly 7 years after their first duet ‘Love Me Harder’ – has proven to be just what the doctor ordered as it’s secured their latest chart-topper.
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Just a week after premiering on streaming and digital outlets, the Max Martin-produced cut has propelled #1 on the Hot 100 – marking both singers’ sixth respective career visits to the pole position.
For The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye), this comes as the third #1 single from ‘After Hours’ alone (following ‘Heartless’ and the gargantuan ‘Blinding Lights’). The feat makes him only the second male vocalist in the last 10 years to boast sending three songs to the top of the Hot 100 from one album (following Justin Bieber‘s 2015 ‘Purpose’ LP). More notably, Tesfaye is the first male artist in history to have three #1 singles from one album over three different calendar years (‘Heartless’-2019, ‘Blinding Lights’-2020, ‘Save Your Tears’-2021). The only other artist to achieve this was Janet Jackson with her legendary 1989 opus, ‘Rhythm Nation.’
For Ari, the #1 arrival of ‘Save Your Tears’ makes her the first female artist to boast three #1 duet singles over her career. The only other artist to own such a title is Sir Paul McCartney. Interestingly, this is her first #1 hit that didn’t debut at the top – ending her streak 5-1.
Here are the numbers that helped ‘Save’ shoot to the summit. Billboard reports:
- Streaming: 30.4 million U.S. streams
- Digital Download: 18,000 downloads
- Radio airplay: 67.3 million radio airplay