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The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’: Variety Hitmakers Record of the Year

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is indisputably one of the landmark songs of 2020 —and the only reason it isn’t even more dominant is because it was released on Nov. 29, 2019, and racked up significant numbers that year as well.

Written by The Weeknd with Max Martin (the most successful songwriter-producer of the past 25 years) and Oscar Holter and produced by the trio with Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville and Ahmad “Belly” Balshe, the song has racked up a jaw-dropping 4.5 billion global streams. It’s the most-streamed song of the year on Spotify and the ninth most-streamed song on the platform of all time (and it’s barely a year old). It’s Billboard’s No. 1 Record of the year and set an all-time record for the longest-running Top 5 and Top 10 record in the Hot 100’s 62-year history. It’s the most played song on America’s largest radio network, iHeartRadio, and has

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The Year in Charts 2020: The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Is the No. 1 Hot 100 Song of the Year

SHINING ‘LIGHTS’

“Blinding Lights” leads the 2020 Hot 100 Songs recap after it spent four weeks at No. 1, becoming The Weeknd’s fifth and most recent leader, on the weekly Hot 100 in April and May. The song has since broken records for the most weeks spent in the top five and the top 10 among all titles in the chart’s 62-year history.

The song’s ’80s vibe is a favorite of The Weeknd’s, as he told Billboard in April, “I’ve always had an admiration for the era before I was born. You can hear as far back as my first mixtape [2011’s House of Balloons] that the ’80s — Siouxsie & the Banshees, Cocteau Twins — play such a huge role in my sound. Sometimes it helps me create a new sound and sometimes it’s just obvious. I’m just glad the world’s into it now.”

The Weeknd boasts his

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Interscope Geffen A&M Is Variety’s Hitmakers Label of the Year

Like many music companies, Interscope Geffen A&M started off 2020 full of optimism. Streaming had fueled several consecutive years of growth, touring was booming and the label had a huge presence at the Grammy Awards, when breakout star Billie Eilish and her brother, producer Finneas, collectively won 10 awards, including a rare sweep of the top four categories: album, record and song of the year and best new artist.

That optimism was severely challenged in the following months as the industry and the world were upended by the pandemic, social and racial unrest and the most polarizing presidential race in memory.

But through it all, the Universal-owned label has grown its market share, moving from second place in 2019 to the top of the stack, and notching five of the year’s 25 top songs. Its overall consumption share — album sales plus equivalent revenue from audio streams and track sales

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Columbia Chief Ron Perry Is Variety’s Hitmakers Executive of the Year

If chart momentum keeps apace for Columbia Records in these final days of 2020, the label could lay claim to the No. 1 song in the U.S. for 11 of the last 17 weeks. Among its stable of smashes: Harry Styles’ “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar”; Arizona Zervas’ “Roxanne”; BTS’ “Dynamite” (with Big Hit Entertainment); “Savage Love (Laxed — Siren Beat)” by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo; Powfu’s “Death Bed (Co ee for Your Head)”; and 24KGoldn’s “Mood” (signed via a joint venture with Records).

Impressive as that may be, it’s still shy of the label’s unprecedented 19-week run at the top of the charts in 2019 with “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, who was signed and A&R’d by chairman Ron Perry, Variety’s Hitmakers Executive of the Year. The New York-based Perry arrived at 25 Madison in January 2018 from Songs, which he helped build into a

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Blackpink Named Variety Hitmakers’ Group of the Year

Variety‘s Hitmakers Group of the Year, Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa — better known as Blackpink, broke big in the U.S. this year thanks to a high-profile Netflix documentary, “Light Up the Sky,” directed by Caroline Suh, as well as several successful singles.

Their arrival was well-timed. After becoming the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, the girls took to collaborating with such A-list artists as Lady Gaga — their sweet duet, “Sour Candy,” appears on Gaga’s “Chromatica” album — and Selena Gomez, both label mates at Interscope.

Their latest music video, “How You Like That,” garnered 86.3 million views in 24 hours on YouTube when it debuted in June, setting a record. It’s also the first track on their new LP, which features snappy synths and undeniable hooks. Simply titled “The Album,” it bowed in October, coinciding with the documentary release. Cardi B and Gomez make

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The Year in Touring Charts 2020: Elton John Crowns Top Tours in Abbreviated Year

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Perhaps the least of our worries, this shutdown chopped Boxscore numbers into pieces, halting the Northern hemisphere’s stadium season and postponing scheduled tours to 2021 and 2022, while canceling others outright. And though the touring industry will look ahead to the coming years to reshape and rebuild, 2020’s shortened but still stellar box office results provide some hope for the future.

Billboard‘s Year-End Boxscore charts are based on engagements that played between Nov. 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2020. Gross and attendance totals include traditional touring, drive-in concerts, and livestream events.  

John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour began the 2020 chart year with 10 shows in North America, kicking off the new decade with $21 million in domestic grosses. He then went to Australia for a 37-show sweep that added $93.1 million before

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Post Malone Is The Top-Charting Artist For The Second Year In A Row

As the year begins to near a close, the music world is reflecting on all that 2020 had to offer. Uproxx rounded up the best albums and the best songs of the year this week, but we’re not the only ones compiling impressive releases. Billboard is looking back at the artists who secured No. 1s on their charts this year, and 2020 sees Post Malone as their top-charting artist for the second year in a row.

Per Billboard‘s year-end report, Posty has gone back-to-back as the top-charting artist. His charting success is thanks to the continued interest in his 2019 album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The LP debuted at No. 1 on the 200 Albums chart in September of 2019, and continued to remain in the top ten for the entire 52-week 2020 charting period.

Along with being top artist of the year, Posty’s Hollywood’s Bleeding was also the top

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Lewis Capaldi on ‘Soundtracking the Worst Year of Many People’s Lives’

“I’m a two-hit wonder — officially,” crows Lewis Capaldi, who, last year at this time, was actually using “one-hit wonder” as his temporary Twitter handle. “The jury is out on three and four, but one and two are in the bag.” Those would be “Someone You Loved,” a No. 1 song from 2019 that has gone on to again be one of the most consumed songs of 2020, and his follow-up, “Before You Go,” which was a chart-topper in the UK before going No. 1 at the Top 40 and Hot AC formats this year and reaching at least the top 10, if not the top, in most global territories. The global verdict on Capaldi: Hello, he mustn’t be going.

“It’s genuinely overwhelming, especially this year, to know that through all this shit that has been happening, people are listening to my music through it,” says the 24-year-old Scottish sensation.

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The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Is the No. 1 Hot 100 Song of the Year

The Weeknd’s record-shattering single “Blinding Lights” finishes 2020 as the year’s top Billboard Hot 100 song.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 23, 2019, through Nov. 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Explore All of Billboard’s 2020 Year-End Charts

SHINING ‘LIGHTS’

“Blinding Lights” leads the 2020 Hot 100 Songs recap after it spent four weeks at No. 1, becoming The Weeknd’s fifth

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The Year in Charts 2020: Roddy Ricch Is the Top New Artist

Roddy Ricch caps a banner year on Billboard’s charts, as the 22-year-old hip-hop star is named 2020’s top new artist.

The coronation comes after his debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, spent four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart earlier in the year, while he also landed a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart that teamed up for 18 weeks atop the list.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 23, 2019, through Nov. 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings.

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