This week, The Weeknd’s “Die For You (Remix)” with Ariana Grande surpasses Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” to top the Billboard Hot 100 list. “Die For You (Remix)” is The Weeknd’s sixth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. “Save Your Tears,” his last chart-topper, was a remix starring Grande. It dominated the Hot 100 chart for two weeks starting on May 8, 2021.
The Weeknd’s seven Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles include:
- “Can’t Feel My Face,” three weeks at No. 1, Aug. 22, 2015
- “The Hills,” six weeks at No. 1, Oct. 3, 2015
- “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk, one week at No. 1, Jan. 7, 2017
- “Heartless,” one week at No. 1, Dec. 14, 2019
- “Blinding Lights,” four weeks at No. 1, Apr. 4, 2020
- “Save Your Tears” with Ariana Grande, two weeks at No. 1, May 8, 2021
- “Die For You” with Ariana Grande, one week at No. 1 to date, Mar. 11, 2023
With “Die For You,” The Weeknd establishes a new Hot 100 record for the second-longest ascent to No. 1, after Mariah Carey’s evergreen holiday classic, “All I Want for Christmas,” which started at No. 83 on the Hot 100 chart in January 2000 and finally peaked in December 2019.
“Die For You” also has the longest rise among non-holiday singles, taking more than six years to complete. “Save Your Tears (Remix),” another Grande duet, had the sixth-longest run at the top of the Hot 100 list.
Furthermore, The Weeknd is the first Black male artist to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 list this year. Apart from the Top 100, “Die For You” topped the Billboard charts for Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B Songs. The Weeknd is the chart’s 11th leader, more than any other artist since the chart’s inception in October 2012. Meanwhile, he earns his ninth number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On February 24, The Weeknd repackaged “Save Your Tears” as a remix in reaction to its normal version reaching the Hot 100. It was ranked sixth at the time of publishing.
The Weeknd followed with Die For You, a maxi single with different versions including an instrumental and sped-up version. The RIAA certified the original version of “Die For You” 5x multi-platinum in December 2022, following a rise in streaming traffic due to TikTok. The Weeknd’s Grammy-winning 2016 album, Starboy, features the song.
The Weeknd released Live at SoFi Stadium last week, his debut live album, which captures his sold-out, two-night shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, for his After Hours Till Dawn Tour last November. The Weeknd’s After Hours Till Dawn Tour’s second leg, which will visit Europe and South America, will begin on June 10 at Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Listen “Die For You (Remix)” by The Weeknd and Ariana Grande below.