The Weekend underestimated ‘Blinding Lights’ success

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The Weekend underestimated Blinding Lights success
The Weekend underestimated ‘Blinding Lights’ success

The Weekend, who now goes by his birth name, Abel Tesfaye, admitted he never hoped Blinding Lights to be a roaring success.

“I thought ‘Blinding Lights’ was gonna be a flop,” the musician told Vanity Fair. 

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the song racked up 10 million copies in sales and earned a diamond certificate.

The 33-year-old was also fascinated by the younger generation’s use of his music due to the Tiktok boost.

“It’s a new generation of angsty teens discovering all the dark music like when I was 14,” he continued. “Kurt Cobain, Wu-Tang, and all these songs that, as a kid, I probably shouldn’t be listening to, and 50 Cent. This **** dark and amazing escape.”

In other news, Tesfaye no longer wanted to associate with the household name The Weekend, as he sought to chart his own identity.

Speaking to W Magazine, the Starboy singer said that his upcoming album is “probably [his] last hurrah as The Weeknd.”

“I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” adding, “It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”

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