Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd had a great year in 2015 and the good fortune may continue well into 2016.
The Weeknd's hit album Beauty Behind The Madness hung on to the No. 6 position in its 21st week on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. The release has sold 33,905 album equivalent units and it has been streamed more than 19 million times. Singles "The Hills" and "In The Night" are currently No. 5 and No. 6 on the Hip-Hop/RnB charts, the latter showing the biggest gains in airplay and performance this past week.
This comes after a year filled with firsts and accolades. Beauty Behind The Madness has received widespread acclaim and generated a string of No. 1 tracks along with seven Grammy nominations for The Weeknd, including album of the year. The Weeknd will be performing at the ceremony this year alongside Adele and Kendrick Lamar.
In September, The Weeknd garnered the rare "Triple Crown" honor as the first male artist to sit at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Artist 100 and Billboard 200 charts at the same time. Taylor Swift is the only other artist to achieve that level of chart domination. Between singles and the album release, The Weeknd has spent 47 weeks in the top ten.