Song: Save Your Tears
Artist: The Weeknd
Album: After Hours (2020)
When the latest Billboard charts officially come out on May 8th (aka Dozah day; IYKYK), Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd, will become the first male artist to have three singles from one album peak at #1 in three different years.
This super cherry-picked stat is somewhat shocking considering all the men who have ever been successful in the recording industry, and there have been plenty; Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, John Popper, just to name a few.
Once you consider all the variables: how hard it is to go to #1; the likelihood of one album producing three #1 hits; the timing of an album's release where this would even be possible; what else is popular at the time; artist fatigue, etc., I suppose it easy to understand why no man had ever achieved what The Weeknd's zero Grammy-nomination album After Hours is about to officially accomplish, but when I first saw this news I was surprised. The entire top five was once all Beatles songs; I figured somebody in the 50s or 60s must've done this, although artists used to release like four albums a year back then.
TBH, I'm surprised "Save Your Tears" hasn't peaked at #1 already, but then again, I don't listen to "pop" radio or any radio other than Ryan's Radio on Apple Music (follow me @dozonmusic). That probably sounds pretentious AF, but just I don't keep up with the Billboard charts as religiously as I once did.
I feel like I have already used this as a SOD before, but it's so good, and this is such a historical moment that I'm conformable (potentially) repeating a song.
Janet Jackson's Jacket Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was the first album to accomplish this feat, producing #1 hits in 1989, 1990, and 1991.