‘My Dear Melancholy’ pulls in over 26 million Apple Music streams in its first 24 hours

The Weeknd’s latest project, My Dear Melancholy, pulled in over 26 million streams in its first 24 hours on Apple Music, with the lead song “Call Out My Name” pulling in 6 million of those streams, the company tells The Verge

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That’s not a record, but Apple Music’s numbers did beat out the single’s performance on Spotify, which pulled in nearly 3.5 million streams in the same period — the largest debut of 2018 on the service — according to Republic Records.

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known by his stage name, The Weeknd (pronounced "the weekend"), is an Ethiopian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. My Dear Melancholy, is his first extended play “mini-album.” The The six-song album appeared with little warning and has been described as a return to the darker style of The Weeknd's earlier work, such as Trilogy and Kiss Land.