Meek Mill recently made a noteworthy comment regarding The Weeknd’s achievement of surpassing Michael Jackson’s long-standing touring record as the highest-grossing Black artist. Although Meek Mill has since deactivated his Twitter account, his fiery take on the matter caught the attention of many. Meek Mill claimed to have foreseen this passing of the baton several years ago.
In a now-deleted tweet, Meek Mill expressed, “I always thought the weekend was gone bigger than Micheal Jackson,” he tweeted. “I used to tell people in 2012 weekend hanging in the hood like Micheal Jackson out here with us lol congrats Abel.”
The Weeknd has frequently acknowledged Michael Jackson as one of his greatest influences, often drawing comparisons to the late King of Pop. To celebrate this milestone, The Weeknd shared a video on Twitter showcasing his energetic rendition of Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” during a recent tour performance.
In a caption accompanying the clip, The Weeknd wrote, “My king, then, now, and forever. Rest easy.” Below, you can witness his tribute to his idol. Buzzing Pop reports that The Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn Tour has become the highest-grossing tour by a Black artist in history, accumulating an impressive $350 million in ticket sales.
Previously, Michael Jackson held the record with his Bad Tour in 1987, which generated $311 million (adjusted for inflation). This tour was crafted in conjunction with his album of the same name and was the second highest-grossing tour of the 1980s, trailing only Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour.