Followers of The Weeknd obtained an early shock for the vacations—till the artist confirmed the “Belief Points” remix showing on Spotify was unauthorized.
On December 18, a remix of the observe “Belief Points” appeared on The Weeknd’s Spotify artist web page. The remix first appeared on-line over 12 years in the past, however by no means on any streaming service. Followers who have been excited to see the observe have been then heartbroken when Abel Tesfaye took to Twitter to say the discharge was unauthorized by reposting a tweet by another person.
“Belief Points is NOT an official launch! The Weeknd’s Spotify account was hacked and the hacker launched the music, “Belief Points.” the tweet reads. Eagle-eyed followers peeped the metadata out there to Spotify and shortly realized the observe was unauthorized.
The label it was launched beneath is listed as ‘the weeknd’ with no author or producer listed for the observe. It was additionally launched beneath the identical title as the unique Drake music, with out the remix label—and was not out there on every other streaming platform.
As of December 19, the music is now not out there for listening on Spotify. The unique remix video continues to be out there on YouTube, nonetheless.
Because the third-most streamed artist on Spotify that’s a bit disappointing for followers, however The Weeknd has had a banger of a 12 months. He racked up over 12 billion streams on Spotify from 285.2 million followers. The largest accomplishment of all is these numbers with no new album launch. Solely Taylor Swift and Drake have extra month-to-month listeners, however each of these artists launched albums in 2023.
The Weeknd concluded his European leg of his “After Hours Until Daybreak” this 12 months, setting a brand new data within the course of. He broke the attendance document for London Stadium with a crowd of over 80,000 folks watching.
With the conclusion of his European leg, the full gross broke the document for highest-grossing tour by a black artist within the historical past of the continent. He introduced in $158.1 million throughout simply 30 exhibits, with 1.6 million tickets offered. That’s spectacular once you keep in mind each Taylor Swift and Beyonce have been touring this 12 months, too.