Juice WRLD, The Weeknd release ‘Smile’

The collaboration is available everywhere

Grade A/Interscope Records delivers “Smile” by Juice WRLD and The Weeknd. The highly-anticipated collaboration was first teased by The Weeknd on his social media channels earlier this week, quickly catching the attention of fans. Prior to his death, Juice tweeted about making music with The Weeknd saying that the pair “would make a diamond record.”

Earlier this summer, the rapper’s Legends Never Die debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest week of 2020 earning 497,000 in sales eclipsing The Weeknd’s After Hours. Legends Never Die makes history as the most successful posthumous debut since Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death (690K) and Tupac’s R U Still Down (549K) in 1997. The critically acclaimed and universally beloved artist’s album marks the biggest album debut, total consumption, since Taylor Swift’s Lover.

In addition, Juice WRLD’s Legends scored the biggest audio streaming week of the year and the fourth biggest streaming week ever for an album surpassing Lil Uzi Vert’s album Eternal Atake and secures the biggest video streaming week of the year for any album besting Lil Baby’s My Turn. Legends Never Die is the fourth biggest streaming debut ever with 422 million streams behind Drake’s Scorpion [746M], Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V [433M], and Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys [431M].

The album has dominated charts around the world landing at No. 1 in the UK, Canada, and Ireland where Juice WRLD out sold the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 albums combined, and additional territories.

Juice WRLD’s platinum-certified debut, Goodbye & Good Riddance, peaked in the Top 5 on the charts in the US. His follow-up Death Race For Love debuted at No. 1 in the US and has been certified gold and Future & Juice Wrld Present… WRLD ON DRUGS, a collaborative mixtape with rapper Future, debuted at No. 2 in the US.

The rapper died on December 8th from a seizure at 21 years old. Earlier this year, Juice’s mother, Carmela Wallace establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com

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