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The Weeknd – “Earned It”

From a certain perspective, the Weeknd, who built his name on mysterious cool, should not be doing anything as uncool as associating himself with the movie version of the vaguely porny bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey. From a different perspective, though, that’s exactly what he should be doing, especially as he eases into something resembling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 23, 2014 - 8:40 am

Weeknd Affiliate Derek Wise Charged With Human Trafficking

Derek Bissue, a 22-year-old Toronto rapper who performs under the name Derek Wise, has been arrested on 15 charges including human trafficking, uttering threats of death and bodily harm, and overcoming resistance by choking. Bissue is a member of Toronto’s downtown rap crew Get Home Safe and is affiliated with the Weeknd’s XO crew; he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 16, 2014 - 8:47 am

Watch American Music Awards ’14 Performances From Taylor Swift, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, & More

The American Music Awards are being held in Los Angeles tonight with host Pitbull. Taylor Swift opened up the show with the live debut of her new single “Blank Space.” On Twitter before the show, Swift promised that it was “gonna be crazy. No like, actually crazy.” Judge for yourself. Charli XCX did a medley… More »

By: James Rettig / November 23, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Ariana Grande – “Love Me Harder” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

The fizzy R&B singer Ariana Grande might’ve gotten her start on Nickelodeon, but she is taking this whole pop stardom thing seriously. “Love Me Harder,” a song from her newish album My Everything, is probably the most risque thing she’s ever recorded; it’s a straight-up sex song with the Weeknd, a man who knows something… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2014 - 9:57 am

The Weeknd – “King Of The Fall (Remix)” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Belly)

The Weeknd hasn’t released anything other than a handful of spare songs this year, and yet his star continues to grow; he filled arenas on both coasts earlier this year. And after dropping his “Often” remix, with Schoolboy Q and Rick Ross, he’s got a new version of his song “King Of The Fall.” Abel… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 20, 2014 - 4:18 pm

The Weeknd – “Often (Remix Feat. Schoolboy Q & Rick Ross)”

The Weeknd has been running with “Often” for a while now — what at first seemed like a one-off single has already gotten a… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Watch Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Play SNL’s 40th Season Premiere

Ariana Grande mumbled her way through her debut Saturday Night Live appearance for the show’s 40th season premiere last night. She sang My Everything single “Break Free” and was joined by the Weeknd to perform their duet “Love Me Harder.” Watch the two performances below, plus her promos with host Chris Pratt. More »

By: James Rettig / September 28, 2014 - 11:50 am

The Weeknd – “King Of The Fall” Video

The Weeknd shared one-off track “King Of The Fall” earlier this year to promote the announcement of a five-date tour with ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko. Just a few weeks before that tour is set to begin, he’s shared a video for the song. It’s a typical Weeknd affair, featuring slick production values and pretty… More »

By: James Rettig / August 28, 2014 - 7:40 pm

The Weeknd – “Often” Video (NSFW)

The Weeknd’s new video for “Often,” the loose track he released earlier this summer, is peak Weeknd. Abel Tesfaye spends the whole thing in a stylish hotel room, staring dispassionately at nothing and singing about nasty sex while ignoring the many beautiful and sometimes naked women who slide through the room. The camera dizzily whirl… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Ariana Grande – “Love Me Harder” (Feat. The Weeknd)

The young post-Mariah pop-R&B star Ariana Grande will release her sophomore album My Everything next week, and I don’t really know what to expect from it. First single “Problem,” with Iggy Azalea, was a total lively summer-jam masterpiece, and second single “Break Free,” with Zedd, was boring popstep fluff. But now Grande is streaming four… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 20, 2014 - 12:37 pm

The Weeknd – “King Of The Fall”

Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, dropped a new album, Kiss Land, last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting out more new music this year. In June we heard “Often,” and now he’s shared “King Of The Fall,” a maximalist bit of R&B built over a bed of synths that shift from… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014 - 10:19 am

The Week In Pop: Sia Steps Out Of The Shadows, Sort Of

You’ve known Sia Furler for a while whether you realize it or not. The Australian singer and songwriter has been hovering around the music industry for nearly two decades. She scored a UK hit with the exceptionally late-’90s-sounding 2000 trip-hop single “Taken For Granted,” but the Sneaker-Pimps-meets-Spice-Girls approach didn’t fly in the US. Thanks i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

The Weeknd – “Often”

Abel Tesfaye doesn’t generally throw individual songs up on Soundcloud for the hell of it, but he did it last night, sharing a ghostly R&B dirge called “Often.” The song comes with no details, but it’s almost hilariously characteristic. It is, after all, a song about how good Tesfaye is at fucking, except that he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 25, 2014 - 8:46 am

Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah (Remix)” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd) Video

Or Nah,” the recent hit from the Californian R&B libertine Ty Dolla $ign, is a gorgeously textured piece of work, but it’s also a total asshole anthem, a weirdly pushy sex song. Wiz Khalifa showed up on the original track, and the Weeknd sang on a remix; both of them show up in the song’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Produces New Evidence In Sampling Dispute With The Weeknd

Last summer Portishead’s Geoff Barrow went on the warpath against the Weeknd after the Weeknd’s song “Belong To The World” appeared to sample Portishead’s “Machine Gun.” Barrow (pictured) claimed that the Weeknd had requested permission to sample “Machine Gun” and that Portishead had denied that permission, while the Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye told an interviewer that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2014 - 11:52 am

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah (Remix Feat. The Weeknd)”

The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign are two very different breeds of sex-obsessed R&B weirdo. The Weeknd has perfected the “lonely, wounded lothario” persona; he sounds like he’s also hurting himself when he’s compulsively hurting girls’ feelings. Ty Dolla $ign, by contrast, is a giddy, over-the-top hornball, always hunting for a slightly catchier and more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2014 - 9:28 am

The Weeknd – “Drunk In Love” (Beyoncé Cover)

We’ve heard interpretations of “Drunk In Love” from Kanye West, James Blake, Diplo, Future, Feature, and Angel Haze. If that’s not enough for you, you’re in luck: The Weeknd released his own take last night in celebration of his 24th birthday. Listen to Abel Tesfaye’s version below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 16, 2014 - 10:27 am

Stream The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

As we noted earlier, the Hunger Games film series has taken over for Twilight not only as the default literary/cinematic obsession for brooding teeny-boppers but as the pipeline for connecting those fans with something resembling alternative music. Whereas the vampires stared longingly to the sounds of Thom Yorke and Bon Iver, the soundtrack for TheMore »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

French Montana – “Gifted” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

Ever since he stopped being an anonymous internet presence and started being a flesh-and-blood major-label recording artist, the Weeknd has fully entered the rap-album featured-artist turntable. First, he was on Drake’s “Crew Love,” and since then he’s shown up on Wiz Khalifa’s “Remember You” and Juicy J’s “One Of Those Nights.” The twist: Abel Tesfaye… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013 - 5:05 pm