The Weeknd has had another round of achievements since the release of 2016's Starboy which debuted at No. 1 moving 348,000 total units including sales, streams and track downloads. The set would go on to spend four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums while the album's title track was locked in at No. 2 for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 before reaching the top. The lead single featuring Daft Punk had substantial radio airplay and climbed Mainstream Top 40 peaking at No. 3, Rhythmic at No. 1, Adult Top 40 at No. 10 and No. 26 on Adult Contemporary. Now, the video for the track is surpassing one billion views on VEVO/YouTube joining a club that continues to grow in the digital age.
At the time of publication, the video for "Starboy" has been viewed 1.059 billions times and can be viewed above. Along with the slick vibe of the song, the video too shows that he is just that, a star. The video sees The Weeknd ridding himself of his past self, killing himself in the opening scene before emerging with a cleaned up haircut. His unique hairstyle was now gone, and has since been gone, as he walks through a room destroying certification records and other awards.
"Starboy" has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA as a digital single format as of March 2017. It should be noted that the views on VEVO/YouTube are included in how well the song performs in streaming format. Not only does viewing the video count towards the Hot 100 songs chart (each listen), but the Top 200 Albums chart as well (every 1,500 listens from an album equates to one unit).