The Weeknd had a few choice words upon learning his chart debut: “… country music.”
The avant-R&B singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had just breezed through two of his collaborations with Drake at the Greek Theatre on Tuesday (the second of a two-night stint) when the equally emotive rap hybrid walked onstage to surprise Tesfaye.
Drake didn’t drop in to rap his lines from their lush fan favorite “Crew Love." Instead, he came to deliver big news: The Weeknd’s first studio effort, “Kiss Land,” was No. 1 in the country.
Well, that was only half right.
“Kiss Land” will top the R&B charts, but he missed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 by 3,000 copies.