The Weeknd s last album, 2015 s Beauty Behind The Madness recently received an RIAA triple-platinum certification for cumulative sales in excess of 3 million. Off one album, he received 16 RIAA certifications from tracks alone with The Hills [7x-platinum], Can t Feel My Face [5x-platinum], Often [2x-platinum], In The Night [platinum], and Acquainted [platinum]. Upon its debut, the record held #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for three consecutive weeks. Throughout this incredible journey, THE WEEKND became the First Male to Simultaneously Top Billboard s Hot 100, Top 200, and Artist 100, the First Artist to Ever Simultaneously Hold Top 3 Slots on Billboard s R&B Chart, and the First Artist Ever Recorded By Mediabase to Cross 300 Million in Audience Within One Week.
The album proved ubiquitous at radio. Can t Feel My Face peaked at #1 on Top 40, reaching an audience of 4.19 Billion. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) also went to #1, playing to an audience of 4.2 Billion, while The Hills landed at #2 and hit an audience of 3.69 Billion. Cumulatively, the audience exceeds 14.6 Billion-plus for songs from Beauty Behind The Madness.
Fans, critics, and the industry at large have recognized this inimitable talent. He took home two GRAMMY Awards® [ Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness and Best R&B Performance for Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) ] out of seven nominations. He won eight Billboard Music Awards including Top 100 Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind The Madness, Top R&B Song for The Hills, Top Song Sales, Top Radio Songs, Top Streaming Songs, and Top Streaming Song (Audio) for The Hills. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) even garnered THE WEEKND his first ever Academy Award® nomination in the category of Best Original Song.