The Weeknd Makes History on R&B Songs Chart; Plus Early Forecast on Album Sales

The Weeknd aka Abel Tesfaye has landed in the history books. According to Billboard, the Canadian R&B singer-songwriter is the first artist to claim the top three spots on the nearly three-year-old Hot R&B Songs chart.

The achievement comes after his new single, "The Hills," leaps from 4-2, joining "Earned It" (No. 3) and "Can't Feel My Face" (No. 1) at the top. "Hills" reaches a new weekly streaming high of 11.8 million domestic streams during the week ending July 9 (a 15 percent increase, according to Nielsen Music), aiding in its chart rise.

The only other artist that came close to this feat is Robin Thicke, who held two spots in the top three with singles "Blurred Lines" (No. 1) and "Give It 2 You" (No. 3).

The Weeknd is scheduled to release his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, on August 28th.

Based on the performance of the set's singles, "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face," early estimates say the album will sell "250k and could well grow" in its first week.

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