The Weeknd is continuing his Billboard 200 takeover with After Hours. The album has now remained at the No. 1 spot on the chart for its third consecutive week, marking the first time an album has spent its first three weeks at No. 1 since Post Malone’s 2019 LP, Hollywood’s Bleeding.
According to Billboard, After Hours raked in 90,000 equivalent album units — 23,000 coming from traditional album sales and 64,000 from SEA units — last week. Elsewhere on the chart, Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake has been pushed down to the No. 3 spot and Lil Baby’s My Turn is holding on at No. 6. PartyNextDoor’s PartyMobile sits at No. 8 and Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial has moved down to No. 9, while Joyner Lucas’ ADHD debuted at No. 10.
During an in-depth interview with Variety, The Weeknd revealed he’d had reservations about one of his album’s most successful tracks, “Heartless.”
“When I made this song I was nervous because I felt like I went overboard with the ambition — I’m ambitious, but I thought maybe this is too much,” he told the outlet. “It wasn’t until ‘Blinding Lights’ that I knew, a) I could finish this album and b) I could put this song on it.”
The Canadian crooner also shared the story behind his Metro Boomin-produced cut, “Faith.”
“So, this is really the only song on the record that isn’t about right now. It’s about the darkest time of my entire life, a time when I was getting really, really tossed up and going through a lot of personal stuff,” he said. “This is around 2013-14. I got arrested in Vegas, it was a real rockstar era which I wasn’t really proud of, and at the end of [the song] you hear sirens. That’s me in the back of the cop car, that moment.”
Most recently, The Weeknd dropped off his video for After Hours track, “Until I Bleed Out.” Revisit the XO-directed clip below.