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The Weeknd has set a U.S. chart record with a song he released nearly two years ago.
“Blinding Lights” is having its 88th week on the Billboard Hot 100 – surpassing the 2012 hit “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons for the longest time ever on the singles chart. The song is currently No. 18.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds told Billboard: "That’s just incredible – he’s a legend, he’s an icon. His music is the type of music that’s going to live on for a long time, and do good things. So if there was ever someone to take the record, I think it’s good company."
Written with fellow Canadians Jason Quenneville and Ahmad Balshe (aka Belly) – as well as Sweden’s Max Martin and Oscar Holter – the track debuted in November 2019 ahead of The Weeknd’s fourth studio album After Hours.
“Blinding Lights” already holds the record for the most time spent in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 (43 weeks), the Top 10 (57 weeks), Top 20 (79 weeks) and Top 40 (84 weeks).
As if setting a record isn’t enough, The Weeknd’s latest single, “Take My Breath” debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 6 – giving him his 13th Top 10 hit in the U.S. since 2014. "Save Your Tears" ft. Ariana Grande is No. 11 and The Weeknd is featured on Doja Cat's "You Right," which is at No. 16.
The Hot 100 is compiled using MRC Data for sales, streams and radio airplay.
A French music artist is reportedly suing Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie brand for playing a song that sampled a Hadith at a fashion show last year. (Hadiths are records of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and are sacred to Muslims.)
Savage x Fenty is owned by Lavender Lingerie LLC, a joint venture between Rihanna and TechStyle Fashion Group. It is not affiliated with cosmetic brand Fenty, which is a partnership between the singer and LVMH.
“DOOM” was crafted five years ago by Coucou Chloé, whose real name is Erika Jane. After the Savage x Fenty show made its streaming debut last October, Chloé posted a public apology "for the offence caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM’.
“The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online. At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith.”
She added: “I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms.”
According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed anonymously because the plaintiff claims she had to go into hiding due to death threats, which have also caused her depression and anxiety.
She alleges she specifically asked that a version of “DOOM” without the sample be used in the show.
At the time, Rihanna called it “a huge oversight” and a “careless mistake.” In an Instagram Story she said “the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!”
The lawsuit seeks $10 million U.S. in damages. None of the allegations have been tested in court and reps for Rihanna have not commented.
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