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The Weeknd Releases His “Welcome to the Jungle”—and Hits No. 1

The Weeknd Releases His “Welcome to the Jungle”—and Hits No. 1

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Screencap courtesy Republic Records/The Weeknd
Views of the spooky “The Hills” video have contributed to the song’s rise on the charts. It’s always a mug’s game to try to predict which songs will wind up atop the Billboard Hot 100, but let me just establish this up-front: I did not see The Weeknd’s “ The Hills ” coming. In fact, I am on record, here at Slate , on that very point. Six weeks ago, when The Weeknd’s infectious, Michael Jackson–invoking “Can’t Feel My Face” hit No. 1 and I wrote about it for this Slate series , I only briefly mentioned its brother single “The Hills,” which to that point had gotten as high as No. 10 on the Hot 100. But the man born Abel Tesfaye has become such a big star so rapidly that this week, the song I called a “radio-unfriendly amuse-bouche ” managed to […]