The Weeknd Earns Multi-Platinum Album Status – And Is the Only Artist This Year to Do So

Fresh off the heels of announcing a Marvel comic book based on his Starboy album, The Weeknd has even more cause for celebration. While some artists are celebrating platinum records and singles – and rightfully so – The Weeknd is taking that victory to a new level. Starboy has reached multi-platinum status, going platinum not once, but twice – and is the first record this year to do those kind of numbers.

The album Starboy is the third studio release from The Weeknd – whose real name is Abel Tesfaye – and first debuted last November. It is being reported that earlier this month, the album exceeded the two million mark of records sold (and streamed) and is now reached certified double platinum status. Singles from the album are also getting their due diligence. His singles “Reminder,” “Party Monster,” “I Feel It Coming,” and of course, “Starboy” have all gone platinum. “Starboy” went platinum five times, “I Feel It Coming” is double platinum, and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” both went platinum once.

Earlier this week, the Starboy artist shared his newly minted accomplishments with fans when he posted a picture of him leaning against the frame of his massive plaques. The alternative R&B crooner also received notoriety for surpassing the 35 million mark with RIAA song awards in the past five years.

A post shared by The Weeknd (@theweeknd) on


“RIAA recently recognized the unparalleled success of The Weeknd’s album ‘Starboy’ as well as the artist’s prolific career notching 11 Platinum or multi-Platinum certified songs during the last five years,” his Instagram caption read. “The Weeknd is the only artist to earn a 2X multi-Platinum album released in the last year that also includes four Platinum (or higher) songs… Additionally, The Weeknd received recognition for more than 35 million RIAA Song Awards achieved in just five years.”

Photo Credit: The Weeknd/Instagram

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.