It’s a fact now! The Guinness Book of World Records lists The Weeknd as the most famous musician in the world. The 33-year-old Canadian, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, set two new Guinness World Records: he has 111.4 million Spotify monthly listeners, making him the most popular artist to reach that milestone; and he is also the first artist to reach 100 million Spotify monthly listeners.
That’s not all, though. With more than 3.47 billion listens as of Monday, Blinding Lights by The Weeknd from 2020 is the most streamed song ever on Spotify. Despite the Grammys snubbing the song, Blinding Lights has spent 90 weeks as the longest-charting song in Billboard Hot 100 history.
The Weeknd’s streaming success is impressively unmatched by anyone. The artist with the most listeners overall is Shakira, with 81.6 million, followed by Ariana Grande (80.6 million), Taylor Swift (80.2 million), and Rihanna (78.5 million). Ed Sheeran has 77.5 million monthly listeners and is the Toronto native’s main male rival.
The Weeknd’s two brand-new world records follow the massive success of his most recent song, the remix of Die For You with Ariana Grande. The song became The Weeknd and Grande’s sixth number-one smash when it peaked at the Billboard Hot 100. The rapper also holds further Guinness World Records. The Most Streamed Album of 2015 and the Most Consecutive Weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 by a Solo Male Artist were given to him in 2016.