The Weeknd briefly considered halting the launch of his newest album as he didn’t need to seem “insensitive” through the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the havoc the Covid-19 virus has induced all over the world, quite a few artists have made the choice to push again the discharge dates of their new initiatives. However, The Weeknd opted towards doing that, and dropped After Hours final month.
Explaining his causes for not delaying the discharge, the star, actual title Abel Tesfaye, instructed Billboard: “At first, I felt like it might have been insensitive to release it, but to my fans I felt like I would have been doing a disservice to push it back.
“Hopefully it will possibly assist some individuals escape our actuality, if just for an hour out of their day, whereas all of us work laborious to get by means of this collectively.”
It seems he made the right decision, as After Hours launched atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with the top weekly total of the year so far. The impressive charting also made The Weeknd the first artist to ever lead the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Artist 100, Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts simultaneously.
Of his success, the 30-year-old smiled: “It looks like an enormous blessing. As artists, being recognised for what we do is the last word validation. I share this honour with my staff and my followers who’ve been tirelessly supporting me.”