[25] When describing the Weeknd's ode to '80s music, Steven Holden of BBC News praised the song's core offering of "super synth-pop keyboard hooks". [116] The song is also featured on the dance rhythm game, Just Dance 2021. [83][84] As a result, "Blinding Lights" dropped a place to number two and remained at number two the following week, behind another charity single, "Times Like These". [22], Billboard staff writer Frank DiGiacomo assessed its qualities, "The opening drumbeat is a DeLorean back to Michael Jackson's "Beat It". [56] The song also reached number one on R&B Songs chart on March 7, 2020, where it became his seventh number one on the chart, making him the artist with the most number ones on the chart's history and also attaining a record-breaking reign of 36 weeks. "[19], Throughout the song, the Weeknd sings about the rekindling of a relationship and the importance of his partner. 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[31] Jon Caramanica from The New York Times said "Blinding Lights" "could have been lifted from a found Jazzercise tape from 1986, though the chilly synths have a slightly sinister tinge [and] says a lot about the durability of the Weeknd's early noir — the full commitment to the louche aesthetic he embodied — that even the raging centrist popularity of 'Blinding Lights' can't disinter it". Elsewhere in Europe, the song topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Broadway Rewind: GROUNDHOG DAY Gets Ready for Broadway with Andy Karl & More! XO! All of the music and videos from the At Home EP were arranged, recorded, produced and/or filmed during quarantine. Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix have released the music video for their vocal arrangement of The Weeknd's hit 'Blinding Lights'. Seth & Stars Holiday Sale - 15 Stars for $15/each. In the clip, the group is seen in their respective homes. [96] The visual follows the events of the music video for "Heartless" and sees the Weeknd go on a hallucinated joyride after waking from a trance. [96] The singer also sports the same visual combination of the previous video, adopted for the album promotional material, with a red suit, specific hairstyle, mustache and sunglasses. [35], In a positive review, Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone complimented Max Martin's synth-pop production, describing it as "evoking Depeche Mode and the Human League in its lonely-planet luster". It is the sixth longest-running number-one of all-time in the country, tied with songs such as Spice Girls's "Wannabe", Drake's "God's Plan" and Bryan Adams's "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", as well the fifth longest by a foreign act. The track is taken from their At Home EP, which was released last week, alongside the first music video from this project, their 'Home' medley. [96], The visual opens with the Weeknd laughing as blood drips down his face, then jumps back in time to show the mayhem that led to this gruesome end — the pop star speeding around a deserted city, dancing gleefully in the streets. [103] The visual was nominated for four UK Music Video Awards, and won Best Pop Video – International. Donning his staple red suit, he showcases his acting abilities in his latest video. It also reached the top 10 in El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico and Uruguay, as well as the top 20 in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru. [105], The song was performed on January 22, 2020 at Jimmy Kimmel Live!. [76], On the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart, the song debuted at number two, where it was blocked from the top spot by the Weeknd's own "Heartless". 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Doja Cat Hits Top 5, Post Malone Ties Top 10 Record", "DaBaby & Roddy Ricch's 'Rockstar' Rules Hot 100 for 2nd Week, Justin Bieber & Quavo's 'Intentions' Hits Top 5", "The Weeknd Earns His First Adult Contemporary No. Download and print in PDF or MIDI free sheet music for Blinding Lights by Pentatonix arranged by GeorgeWu for Drum Group, Soprano, Tenor, Alto & more instruments (Mixed Ensemble) [99] Michael Cube from Nylon magazine wrote that "the video for "Blinding Lights" is appropriately cryptic for the famously elusive artist", and praised the presentation's alluring mystique. It also became his first number one single in Germany for ten weeks, the United Kingdom for eight weeks, and Australia for eleven weeks, thus making it his most successful single worldwide to date. [109] The Weeknd kicked off the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards with "Blinding Lights", described in advance as a “keyed-up, dazzling” showcase. All of the music and videos from the At Home EP were arranged, recorded, produced and/or filmed during quarantine. [94] A behind-the-scenes music video for the song was released on February 28, 2020. "[18] In a Billboard interview, the Weeknd expressed his appreciation for music of the 1980s: "I've always had an admiration for the era before I was born. Visit www.ptxofficial.com for more information and a schedule of when their next music videos will be released. [72] [100] HITC columnist Christopher Weston assessed the film as "a burst of neon perfectly complimenting the gorgeous electronic sound. It's not that I can't, but a collaboration is a relationship, it's like a marriage, you've gotta build up to it. and collaborations with Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan and a duet featuring Whitney Houston. [38], Slate journalist Chris Molanphy commented that "The Weeknd found the ideal midpoint between glossy and eerie, between danceable and dark". [64] It later rose back up to number one for the two following weeks. [65][66][67] On May 18, the song became his first number one on the Adult Pop Songs chart, leading for 20 non-consecutive weeks. [59] The single kept at its peak position the following week, becoming the Weeknd's third multi-week leader after "The Hills", which topped the chart five years earlier. The following week, it once again rebounded to number one, and stayed there for another three consecutive weeks. Blinding Lights Lyrics: Yeah / I've been tryna call / I've been on my own for long enough / Maybe you can show me how to love, maybe / I'm going through withdrawals / You don't even have to … The intro to "Blinding Lights" has been used in a TikTok choreographed dance challenge known as the "Blinding Lights Challenge". 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