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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At the end of 2014, I put together a list of the year’s best videos and noted that the race for the title of world’s best music-video director was a tight one, with two people — Nabil and Hiro Murai — in a virtual dead heat for the top spot. Behind the two of them,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Disclosure Reveal Caracal Tracklist Feat. Lorde, Miguel, The Weeknd

Disclosure’s forthcoming LP Caracal will be released in September, and today the duo revealed its tracklist which boasts a considerable number of impressive collaborators. Lorde, Miguel, The Weeknd, Nao, and Sam Smith are all featured. We’ve already heard Smith’s contribution “Omen” as well as Brendan Reilly’s “Moving Mountains” and Gregory Porter’s “Holding On.” Check out… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 31, 2015 - 11:23 am

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” Video

Can’t Feel My Face” is the Weeknd’s biggest hit ever, narrowly missing #1 for two straight weeks and enjoying the Tom Cruise treatment on Fallon last night. Abel Tesfaye first performed the song at the Apple Music launch event last month, and today he’s used Apple’s Connect service to debut the video, directed by rising… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 28, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Watch Tom Cruise Lip Sync The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” On Fallon

If you’ve ever seen Rock Of Ages, you’ve seen the terrifying intensity that Tom Cruise brings when he’s pretending to sing songs onscreen. And if you’ve seen that incredible clip of Cruise doing the Yung Joc motorcycle dance on 106 & Park, you’ve seen the absolutely unashamed awkwardness he brings when he’s engaging with current… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 8:42 am

The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is “Can’t Feel My Face,” a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From its disco-funk liquid rhythm to its piercing falsetto hooks to its lovestruck subject matter, the song makes perfect sense as a hit single. The only thing weird about it i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Watch The Weeknd Debut A New Song In London

The Weeknd is suddenly, against all odds, a titanic pop star, and his album Beauty Behind The Madness is likely going to be a very big deal when it comes out next month. The album has already given us the hits “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” And Abel Tesfaye recently debuted a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 11:02 am

Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

Last year, when the likes of “Trophies,” “0 To 100,” and “How ‘Bout Now” proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out The Weeknd & US Women’s Soccer Team In New Jersey

Taylor Swift really went all-out for her show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ last night. First she brought out dark-R&B star the Weeknd to perform his new MJ-inspired single “Can’t Feel My Face.” Then, during “Style,” she brought out model Heidi Klum and the entire US women’s soccer team, fresh off of… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 11, 2015 - 10:52 am

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

The Weeknd’s New Album Beauty Behind The Madness Is Out Next Month

We’ve known that we’d be getting a new album from the Weeknd sometime this year for a while now, but now it’s official: As Missinfo points out, a pre-order page for the album has just gone up on iTunes in certain international markets. It’s called Beauty Behind The Madness, and features 14 tracks, including “Can’t… More »

By: James Rettig / July 9, 2015 - 2:50 pm

The New Weeknd Album Has Kanye West And Ed Sheeran, Says Ed Sheeran

In a new interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1 Radio, Ed Sheeran tells Lowe he is one of two features on the new Weeknd album. According to Sheeran, he was in Toronto and ended up at a party at Abel Tesfaye’s house. The two hit it off and the Weeknd drunkenly suggested they write… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 6, 2015 - 9:37 am

The Weeknd – “Pullin Up” (Solo Version)

Earlier today, Meek Mill released his new almost-surprise album Dreams Worth More Than Money. There are some big-name guests on the album, and one of those guests is the Weeknd, who sings the hook on the slithery “Pullin’ Up.” And now, on the same day that the album has come out, the Weeknd has shared… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Watch The Weeknd & Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe Play The BET Awards

Last night, BET held its big annual awards show, and we’ve already posted the video of Kendrick Lamar opening the show by performing “Alright.” But that wasn’t the only notable performance of the night. The Weeknd, looking like a newly-minted star, sang “The Hills” and then brought out Alicia Keys for a slick duet versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 9:14 am

Southpaw Soundtrack Has New Songs From Eminem & Gwen Stefani, Action Broson & Joey Bada$$, & More

Eminem’s music is an integral part of the new boxing film Southpaw, first soundtracking the trailer and then sharing a full version of his new song “Phenomenal.” The film is about Billy “The Great” Hope, “the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world,” and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and 50… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

Watch The Weeknd Sing “The Hills” & “Earned It” At Much Music Video Awards

Canada’s Much Music Video Awards were held last night and the Weeknd, being Canadian, was on deck to perform his new single “The Hills” and his trusty 50 Shades Of Gray standby “Earned It.” He also picked up a handful of awards: “Often” got Video Of The Year, Best Director, and Best Pop Video, and… More »

By: James Rettig / June 22, 2015 - 11:01 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The New York weather has been temperamental at best lately. We were pulling wool coats that we’d happily packed away out of closets and boxes last week, and today it’s so humid that we’re all praying for rain again. Hot and cold, like that one Katy Perry song if you omit any reference to romance. More »

By: Stereogum / June 12, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Apple Music Announces Streaming Service, Beats 1 Radio, Connect Social Network

Buzz going into Apple’s presentation today at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco was that the company would unveil its new streaming service, and after interminable presentations about OS X 10 El Capitan, iOS9, Apple Pay, Swift, and a bunch of other futuristic technology, Apple did exactly that with the help of Drake,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 8, 2015 - 3:22 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, we got two videos that riffed on nostalgic nuggets of ’80s pop culture, and both of them came out within about an hour of each other. Both of those videos are made with charm and inventiveness and a sense of fun, and both of them are on this list. But these constant nostalgia-riff… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm

The Weeknd – “The Hills” Video

A bunch of new Weeknd tracks leaked yesterday that pointed towards a bigger, glossier sound for Abel Tesfaye, with songs produced by Max Martin and a decidedly Michael Jackson-inspired bend. “The Hills” — a song that he debuted at Coachella in April — is not from those sessions, and instead falls right in line with… More »

By: James Rettig / May 27, 2015 - 9:32 am
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