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The Weeknd - Acquainted.jpg
Single by The Weeknd
from the album Beauty Behind the Madness
ReleasedNovember 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)
FormatDigital download
  • 5:49 (album version)
  • 4:06 (radio edit)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"In the Night"
"Might Not"

"Acquainted" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd recorded for his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). It was written and produced by him along with Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville, Danny "Boy Styles" Schofield, Carlos "Illangelo" Montagnese and Ben "Billions" Diehl. The track was sent to urban contemporary stations on November 17, 2015, by XO and Republic Records, serving as the record's fifth and final single, being also released to rhythmic contemporary on February 16, 2016. It was set to impact contemporary hit radio on April 12, 2016, though its release to those stations did not occur.[1]


A working version of "Acquainted" referred to as "Girls Born in the 90s" leaked in May 2015, before being heavily reworked prior to its release on the album.[2]


The song is written in the key of G minor with a moderate tempo of 106 beats per minute in common time. The song alternates between the chords Gm and F, and the vocals span from F3 to C6.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was reportedly directed by Nabil Elderkin. Production commenced on February 9, 2016.[4] As of June 2018, the video remains unreleased, it is not speculated if the project was cancelled or not.


Chart (2015–16) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 96
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 79
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 60
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 21
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[10] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 81


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States November 17, 2015 Urban contemporary radio [13]
February 16, 2016 Rhythmic contemporary [14]


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  4. ^ "NABIL on Instagram: "First day of sumtin sumtin @abelxo"". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-02-22.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "CHART WATCH #361". auspOp. March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "American single certifications – The Weeknd – Acquainted". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 23, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ Navjosh (November 15, 2015). "The Weeknd Picks Next Singles From 'Beauty Behind The Madness'". Hip Hop N More. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access. All Access Group. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.