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The US president’s annual State Of The Union address is always a loaded subject because no one can agree exactly what state the union is in or why it’s in that state, especially in such a polarized, compromised, altogether monumentally fucked political environment. We can’t even agree on who should be considered a part of… More »

That tingling feeling in your cheeks is not Abel Tesfaye’s supply kicking in. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — year-end list season — and the festivities continue today with the Week In Pop’s second annual rundown of the finest pop singles of the past 12 months. … More »

When I put this list together last year, the big story was the emergence of auteurs in the online era of the music video. For the past decade, music videos have mostly lived online, far away from the cable networks that once nurtured the art form. Back in the ’90s, when cable networks were starting… More »

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The Weeknd – “In The Night” Video (Feat. Bella Hadid)

The Weeknd has just shared a cinematic new video for "In The Night" off of Beauty Behind The Madness, directed by the filmmaking team of…
Peter Helman | December 8, 2015 - 7:47 pm
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Hear Ghostface Killah Rap Over The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends” Beat

Ghostface Killah has already released a few things this year, including collaborations with Adrian Young (Twelve Reasons To Die II) and BADBADNOTGOOD (Sour Soul), and…
James Rettig | December 8, 2015 - 4:25 pm

The 2016 Grammys Are Gonna Be Alright

This time last year we were perturbed with the Grammys for generating a slate of 2015 nominees that honored a bunch of mediocre white musicians…
Chris DeVille | December 7, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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Here Are The 2016 Grammy Nominations

The Grammy nominations have arrived, and the major categories are pretty stacked! Of particular indie-rock interest is a Best New Artist nomination for Courtney Barnett.
Chris DeVille | December 7, 2015 - 8:17 am
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Wayne Coyne Reviews 2015: The Flaming Lips Leader On Trump, Hoverboards, Baby Hitler, & Heady Nuggs

Last year, I spoke with Wayne Coyne and asked him to review 2014 -- basically, to give us his opinions on a few of the…
Ryan Leas | December 4, 2015 - 1:03 pm
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Empress Of – “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd Cover)

Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, snagged an Album Of The Week nod a couple of months ago on the strength of Me, her debut collection…
Peter Helman | November 19, 2015 - 7:15 pm
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Hangout Festival 2016 Lineup

Here it is: The first major music festival lineup of the 2016 season. (SXSW, with its sprawling network of showcases, is a different kind of…
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm
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Ellie Goulding Doesn’t Understand What Makes “A Big Pop Album”

When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: "A part of me…
Chris DeVille | November 5, 2015 - 4:43 pm
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The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends” Was Originally Meant For Kanye West

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, the Weeknd said that he gave up many of the songs he intended to use on his House Of
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2015 - 2:59 pm
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Major Lazer Plan Weeknd Collab For Spring

Diplo stopped by 103.3 AMP Radio in Boston last week and revealed that Major Lazer will be releasing a collaboration with the Weeknd next year.
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 3, 2015 - 3:19 pm
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Watch Aziz Ansari Lip-Sync “The Hills” In Costume As The Weeknd

OG Stereogum buddy Aziz Ansari dressed up as the Weeknd for Halloween, which of course involved some serious prosthetic hair. As Complex points out, Ansari…
Chris DeVille | November 2, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Lil B Says “Fuck The Weeknd” In New Video

Lil B apparently has some problem with the Weeknd. As Pitchfork reports, in the new video for "4 Tha Record" off of his upcoming mixtape…
Peter Helman | November 2, 2015 - 1:26 am
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The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Pop-Not-Rock Bands The 1975 And The Neighbourhood

"We're not a pop band." When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975's sleek, dolled-up "Girls" video, we're to take…
Chris DeVille | October 29, 2015 - 5:21 pm
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Finally A Professional A Cappella Cover Of “Can’t Feel My Face”

Professional a cappella group Straight No Chaser are releasing their fifth(!) album for Atlantic Records, The New Old Fashioned, tomorrow. (People really like a cappella
Peter Helman | October 29, 2015 - 9:36 am
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The Weeknd Won’t Get Jail Time For Punching A Cop

Back in January, the Weeknd was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer in the head during an altercation at the Cromwell Hotel in Las…
Peter Helman | October 22, 2015 - 9:49 pm
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The Week In Pop: Drake, King Of The Memes

"Hotline Bling" is not Drake's greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly…
Chris DeVille | October 22, 2015 - 3:40 pm
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The Weeknd Says Drunk Taylor Swift Kept Petting His Hair When They First Met

Here's a weird anecdote from Rolling Stone's new profile of the Weeknd. In the feature, Abel Tesfaye describes his first encounter with Taylor Swift, who…
Chris DeVille | October 21, 2015 - 2:26 pm
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Chilly Gonzales Uses Music Theory To Show Why The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” Is So Appealing

Chilly Gonzales got into some trouble the last time he put out one of his Pop Music Masterclass videos when he accused Hozier of copying…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 10:45 am
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The Weeknd – “The Hills (Remix Feat. Eminem)” Interactive Video

The Weeknd's chart-dominating "The Hills" already has a video, and now the song's remix with a verse from Eminem also has a video, except this…
Peter Helman | October 20, 2015 - 8:03 pm
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Kanye West Just Launched Two New Remixes On SoundCloud

What appears to be a brand new, official Kanye West SoundCloud page has appeared with two new remixes accompanied by the above artwork. As The
Chris DeVille | October 19, 2015 - 4:37 pm
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