The Weeknd becomes only the second artist to score four No. 1s from an album on Billboard‘s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, as he reaches the top with latest single “In the Night.” The song skips 3-1 on the chart dated Feb. 13.
The crowning move marks the fourth song from Beauty Behind the Madnessto reach No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, following “The Hills,” which ruled for five weeks starting Sept. 19, and “Can’t Feel My Face”, which also logged a five-week topping run (starting Aug. 1). First leader “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” is on Beauty, although it was released as a single from the Fifty Shades of Greysoundtrack. It ruled for three weeks last May, four months before Beauty arrived.
Counting albums with four Rhythmic Songs No. 1s (regardless of whether any singles were released apart from a set’s original release), just one other set has reached such lofty status: Usher‘s Confessions. In 2004, “Yeah!” (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris), “Burn” and “Confessions Part ll” each capped the chart, while fourth single “My Boo,” with Alicia Keys, was added for the album’s subsequent deluxe edition.
In total, The Weeknd has made five visits to the top of Rhythmic Songs, first reigning with his collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder,” for five frames starting Jan. 3, 2015.
All five of The Weeknd’s Rhythmic Songs No. 1s have led in a span of just more than 12 months, making him one of only three acts to achieve as many topper in such a stretch (or less), and the only artist of the three to achieve the feat as a lead on all tracks. T-Pain reeled off five No. 1s over nearly eight months in 2007 (two as a lead): “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (featuring Yung Joc); “Bartender” (featuring Akon); “Shawty” (Plies featuring T-Pain); “Kiss Kiss” (Chris Brown featuring T-Pain); and, “Low” (Flo Rida featuring T-Pain). Prior to T-Pain, Usher tallied five No. 1s (four in lead roles) over 12 months in 2004-05.