Weeknd scores rare Billboard hat-trick

The Weeknd has a No. 1 single, No. 1 album and is No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100.
The Weeknd has a No. 1 single, No. 1 album and is No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100.

NEW YORK • Canadian singer- songwriter The Weeknd on Wednesday proved to be a fast- rising pop star as he pulled off the feat of topping three premier American charts.

He has a major summer hit in Can't Feel My Face, with his high, sweet tenor over a danceable backbeat drawing comparisons to Michael Jackson. The song likens cocaine addiction to a love affair.

It rose to No. 1 on the Billboard single chart, replacing Justin Bieber's latest, What Do You Mean?, and another song by The Weeknd, The Hills, climbed to No. 2.

His album, Beauty Behind The Madness, meanwhile spent a second week at No. 1. He also topped for the sixth week Billboard's Artist 100, which tracks all activity including radio airplay and social media sharing.

He becomes the second artist after pop superstar Taylor Swift to top all three Billboard charts simultaneously since the Artist 100 chart was created in July last year.

The Weeknd, 25, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is the son of Ethiopian immigrants. He rose from obscurity in 2010 when he posted songs on YouTube. He soon began collaborating with another rising Canadian star, rapper Drake, and has also worked with stars including Beyonce and Ariana Grande.

He debuted Can't Feel My Face in June during a performance at tech giant Apple's conference to announce its new music streaming service.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline 'Weeknd scores rare Billboard hat-trick'. Print Edition | Subscribe