February 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
After Kanye West had a raunchy romp with Beyonce’s fan favorite – Drunk In Love” – The Weeknd has decided to put his own spin on the club banger.
In celebration of his 24th birthday, the singer remixed the tune to create a woozy, explicit and seductive track that oozes raw sex.
Check it out below:
December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
As 2013 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!
Pop Song of the Year: “Diamonds” by Rihanna
R&B Song of the Year: “Love and War” by Tamar Braxton
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “New Slaves” by Kanye West
Rock Song of the Year: “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys
Indie Song of the Year: “Retrograde” by James Blake
Remix of the Year: “Jump” by Rihanna (Club Cheval Remix ft. Theophilus London)
Electronic Song of the Year: “F For You” by Disclosure
Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Business” by Vybz Kartel
Reggae Song of the Year: “Fight This Feeling” by Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond
Street Anthem of the Year: “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” by French Montana
Dance Club Anthem of the Year: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
Urban Club Anthem of the Year: “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross
2013 MVP: Justin Timberlake There’s plenty more…keep reading!
November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
The Weeknd is making huge career strides, as he plans to join Justin Timberlake on a string of dates for his 20/20 Experience Tour. He will be opening for JT on six major arena dates. The singer will also join Drake on the European leg of Would You Like A Tour? next year.
Check out The Weeknd’s tour dates after the jump!
September 20, 2013 § 1 Comment
The Weeknd for his new video for “Pretty,” the new single off his debut album Kiss Land. It begins with Abel Tesfaye leaving an airport in the middle of Nowhereland (it’s possibly his hometown of Toronto) and doing seemingly normal things (like eating Chinese food) but things take an unexpected turn for the worst…
You just have to wait until the end to see what goes down. Heads up, it’s definitely not pretty.
Watch the not safe for work clip below:
Kiss Land is in stores now.
September 10, 2013 § 3 Comments
A few years ago, R&B took an interesting turn as young artists dabbled in a new, darker sub-genre called “PBR&B” (see SPIN‘s article for a thorough breakdown). The genre-bending roster included Drake, Frank Ocean, Solange, Miguel and Janelle Monae. And then there’s The Weeknd, the twisted brother to Frank Ocean’s lighter sonic fare. The Toronto-bred singer raised eyebrows (and caused a few dropped panties) in March 2011 with the first of his mixtape trilogy, House Of Balloons. With songs like “High For This” and “Wicked Games,” the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, used his depressive music as a mask to whisper taboo subjects like drug abuse, prostitution and dangerous partying into the listener’s ear. Three mixtapes and a compilation album later, The Weeknd reveals himself on his proper debut release, Kiss Land (out today,September 10).
While his mixtapes displayed the singer as emotionless and cold, Kiss Land shows a softer, warmer side of the once-mysterious crooner who now isn’t afraid to wear his feelings on his sleeve as well as his album artwork, showing a more confident Tesfaye looking directly into the camera lens. The themes on the album are derivative of his mixtapes, but the singer lyrically cuts even deeper as he struggles with his new-found fame.
With Michael Jackson‘s Bad and Dangerous influences as well as inspiration from filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott, The Weeknd challenges your sexual limitations both sonically and lyrically. But you should have already expected that if you paid attention to the record’s Hentai-inspired promotion, which was plastered with Japanese symbols and characters (not to mention the after-dark commercial featuring a Lolita-esque Japanese girl promising you “happy times” if you give the artist a call). Overall, Kiss Land‘s 2-in-1 songs create a sonic journey — but not in the exuberant 20/20 Experience way. It is more self-deprecating, jarring and mentally noxious.
The album opens up with “Professional,” a dark love song for a call girl. Tesfaye’s vocals are finally on the forefront, rather than being hidden behind smoky basslines. Just three minutes into listening, the song’s recurring lyric sums the entire album: “So you’re somebody now / but what’s a somebody in a nobody town?”
In his first-ever interview of his career, The Weeknd said he wanted to capture fear in the album: “I don’t know who I am right now and I’m doing all these outlandish things in these settings that I’m not familiar with. To me, it’s the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what I’m feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie.” Keep reading!
August 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
Just when you thought he was finished, The Weeknd drops another lustful song. The singer just released another collaboration track with friend Drake, titled “Live For.” The tune will probably receive a ton of hype, but for me it’s a sleeper. Drake takes over the song with his solid verse, as The Weeknd fades into the background with his weak and generic hook – “This the shit that I live for/With the people I die for.”
It’s no “The Zone” but it’s definitely passable. Listen below.
View the official tracklisting for Kiss Land, which drops on September 10, after the jump. Keep reading…