The Weeknd And Drake Are The Only Musicians To Achieve This Incredible Chart Feat

NEW ORLEANS, LA – OCTOBER 28: The Weeknd performs during the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on October 28, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

From the moment The Weeknd finally confirmed to his dedicated, global fan base that he did have a collection of brand new tunes coming in just a few hours time a little over a week ago, the project was always destined to make waves on the charts. His new EP My Dear Melancholy, easily debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, moving about three times as many equivalent units as the next-highest entry (Rich The Kid’s debut album The World Is Yours).

While My Dear Melancholy, sold alright for a record that received no proper promotion (it sold 68,000 copies), it was streaming that propelled it to a sizable opening frame, and all those streams also helped all six cuts featured on the bite-sized release place on the Hot 100, making My Dear Melancholy, one of only nine records to do so. Sure, it’s a relatively short album (half a dozen tunes is not a massive undertaking for The Weeknd), but since they comprise his entire release, it fits in with this bit of chart trivia.

What’s more impressive than an artist seeing their new album (or EP, in this case) place every track onto the singles chart that typically only ranks those songs which are being pushed by promotional campaigns, complete with music videos and radio play? Doing so more than once, which is something only two names have managed.

The Weeknd’s last full-length Starboy sent all 18 of the songs featured on it onto the Hot 100 back in December 2016 during what turned out to be perhaps the best week of the R&B musician’s career. Now The Weeknd can claim to have a pair of records that saw every track land on the all-encompassing Hot 100 for at least a single frame.

The only other musician who has managed such an unbelievable feat of chart domination is Drake, who has done so with two full-lengths. The first time he succeeded in this fashion was with his frequent collaborator Future, as the two hip-hop powerhouses witnessed all 10 tracks on their joint mixtape What a Time to Be Alive land on the Hot 100 back in the fall of 2015. Less than two years later, he did so again with his own playlist project More Life, which broke records when all 22 songs made their way to the important listing.

If The Weeknd launches a new album (or perhaps another EP) anytime soon, he could become the first artist to replicate this show of incredible popularity three times…unless Drake comes out of nowhere with another full-length and beats him to it.

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