The Weeknd Becomes Guinness World Record Holder for Most Monthly Listeners on Spotify
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The Weeknd, the 33-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter, has set two world streaming records, making him the most popular musician on the planet, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Recently, the singer achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first artist to reach 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify, which has been confirmed by Guinness World Records on Monday.
The Weeknd's achievement is a remarkable feat, and the Guinness Book of Records has noted that no other artist comes close to his success.
The recent increase in the number of streams is partly attributed to the success of his remix of "Die For You" featuring Ariana Grande, which went viral on TikTok.
It’s official: On February 27, The Weeknd became the first artist in Spotify History to reach 100 Million monthly listeners ? pic.twitter.com/YwslzheIDN — Spotify (@Spotify) February 27, 2023
The original version of the song was released in 2016, and the remix topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier in March, marking the seventh number one hit for Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. It was the second time the artists collaborated on a remix that reached No.
1, following the 2021 remix of "Save Your Tears," which also topped the chart, according to Billboard.
The Impact of Streaming on Music
The Weeknd's achievement on Spotify is overwhelming, with a considerable gap between him and the next artist on the list, Miley Cyrus, who currently has 82.4 million monthly listeners following the release of her eighth studio album, "Endless Summer Vacation." Other artists who trail The Weeknd include Shakira with 81.6 million, Ariana Grande with 80.6 million, Taylor Swift with 80.2 million, Rihanna with 78.5 million, and Ed Sheeran with 77.5 million monthly listeners.
The Weeknd's 2020 hit song "Blinding Lights" is the most-streamed song on Spotify of all time, with over 3.47 billion streams. His song "Starboy" is also one of the most played songs of all time on Spotify. Streaming has also given established artists a new lease of life, allowing them to connect with fans in ways that were previously impossible.
The Weeknd's success on Spotify is a testament to the power of streaming and its ability to make or break an artist's career.