Often

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"Often"
The Weeknd - Often.png
Single by the Weeknd
from the album Beauty Behind the Madness
ReleasedJuly 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)
Recorded2014
StudioBota Studios (Toronto, Ontario)[1]
Genre
Length4:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ben Billions
  • The Weeknd
  • DaHeala
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Wanderlust"
(2014)
"Often"
(2014)
"Love Me Harder"
(2014)
Music video
"Often" on YouTube

"Often" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter the Weeknd. The track was released on July 31, 2014, as the first single from his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness (2015).[2][3] The song reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song samples "Ben Sana Vurgunum" by Turkish singer Nükhet Duru.[4]

Reception[edit]

The song won two awards at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards, Video of the Year and Best Director.[citation needed]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Often" debuted at number 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of November 1, 2014. On the week of February 7, 2015, the song peaked at number 59. The song spent a total of 20 weeks on the chart. On December 7, 2016, the single was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streaming equivalent units of over three million units in the United States.

In Canada, the song debuted at number 95 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart on the week of November 1, 2014. On the week of February 28, 2015, it peaked at number 69 on the chart. The song spent a total of 20 weeks on the chart. The single was certified gold by Music Canada for sales of over 40,000 copies in Canada.

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Often" was released on August 21, 2014.

Remix[edit]

The official remix features additional verses by Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q.[5] Another remix, by Norwegian DJ Kygo was also released.[6]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[23] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[24] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 200,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[26] Gold 30,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] 2× Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[28] Gold 10,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[29] Platinum 40,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 739,000[30]
United States (RIAA)[32] 4× Platinum 4,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States July 31, 2014[2] Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Often liner notes". August 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Often – Single by The Weeknd". iTunes Store. United States: Apple. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Weeknd 'Often'". Republic Records. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Grinin Elli Tonu'nda Nükhet Duru sürprizi" (in Turkish). Turkey: Sabah. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Often (feat. Rick Ross & The Weeknd)". YouTube. April 6, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  6. ^ "Often (Kygo Remix)". YouTube. April 7, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201520 into search. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  10. ^ "The Weeknd – Often" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography The Weeknd". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  12. ^ "The Weeknd – Often". VG-lista. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Weeknd – Often". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved March, 2022.
  14. ^ "The Weeknd – Often". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Official Hip Hop and R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  19. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  20. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  21. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  22. ^ "Hot R&B Singles: Year-End 2015". Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – The Weeknd – Often". Music Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  24. ^ "Danish single certifications – The Weeknd – Often". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Weeknd; 'Often')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  26. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved October 6, 2021. Type The Weeknd in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Often in the box under the TÍTULO column heading.
  27. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – The Weeknd – Often" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  28. ^ "Portuguese single certifications – The Weeknd – Often" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved October 3, 2021.
  29. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 40, 2015 | Sverigetopplistan" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  30. ^ "The Weeknd's biggest songs on the Official Chart". Official Charts Company. August 4, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  31. ^ "British single certifications – The Weeknd – Often". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  32. ^ "American single certifications – The Weeknd – Often". Recording Industry Association of America.