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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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

The Weeknd – “I Can’t Feel My Face” + “In The Night” + “In The ’90s”

UPDATE: The Weeknd debuted the official version of “I Can’t Feel My Face” at Apple’s Apple Music announcement. Check it out:

Drake affiliate and dark-R&B sensation the Weeknd is making new music, and he seems to be facing the same leak issues as the OVO leader. This time around, Abel Tesfaye… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 26, 2015 - 11:40 am

New Weeknd Album Out This Summer?

The Weeknd already seemed kind of played out by the time his official debut album Kiss Land came out in 2013, but he’s certifiably way more famous now. Abel Tesfaye scored his first Hot 100 top-10 hit last year with the Ariana Grande duet “Love Me Harder,” and his Fifty Shades Of Grey single “Earned… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 11, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Watch Kanye West’s Surprise Coachella Performance With The Weeknd

The second weekend of Coachella is not without its surprises, even though it’s typically received with much less fanfare than the first. For example, last night the Weeknd brought out special guest Kanye West during his set in what’s probably the biggest surprise appearance this year. (At least maybe until Drake’s set later tonight.) The… More »

By: James Rettig / April 19, 2015 - 1:23 pm

The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Hear The Weeknd Debut A New Song At SXSW

Down in Austin this week, the Weeknd has been as busy as everyone else. During a set at a YouTube showcase, he debuted a new song that’s tentatively been titled “All Your Fault.” Based on the brief clip of a live recording that’s appeared online, it sounds good! The Weeknd also performed on last night’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Leonard Cohen Triumphs Over Nickelback For Album Of The Year Juno

You won’t often see Leonard Cohen pitted, in direct competition, against Nickelback. But it happened last night, and, miracle of miracles, Cohen won. This is how he reminds us of what he really is. Last year, the Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys, went down at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Most of the awards went… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2015 - 8:49 am

The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga’s performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but more… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Watch The Weeknd’s Passionate “Earned It” Performance On Fallon

While Drake was busy releasing an entire album on us in the dead of night, the Weeknd was holding down the October’s Very Own fort with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. Abel Tesfaye performed “Earned It,” one of his soundtrack contributions to Fifty Shades Of Grey, which comes out this weekend. Watch his performance below. More »

By: James Rettig / February 13, 2015 - 9:10 am

The Weeknd – “Where You Belong”

We’ve already heard “Earned It,” one of the new song that the Weeknd placed on the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack. And Fifty Shades Of Grey might go down in history as the most Weeknd movie of all time. “Earned It” isn’t the only time we’ll get to hear Abel Tesfaye’s voice while watching Do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015 - 9:19 am

Mike Will Made-It – “Drinks On Us (Remix Feat. The Weeknd)”

The Weeknd has added his own verse to Mike WiLL Made It’s “Drinks On Us,” a track which appeared on his Ransom mixtape that came out late last year. The beat largely stays untouched, mainly because the original took a hazy page from the Weeknd’s playbook to begin with. The track also features Rae Sremmurd’… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 9:46 am

The Weeknd – “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” Video (NSFW)

The movie adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades Of Grey comes out on Valentine’s Day, and the Weeknd contributed the song “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” to its soundtrack, which might be the most on-the-nose thing Abel Tesfaye has ever done. The very NSFW new “Earned It” music video has that same chilly porn-at-a-remove… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015 - 11:12 am

The Weeknd Arrested After Police Altercation In Vegas

The Weeknd was arrested early Saturday morning after an altercation with police at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, police were called to the hotel after Abel Tesfaye was involved in a fight. When the cops tried to break it up, “one of them pulled the singer into an elevator” and, while… More »

By: James Rettig / January 12, 2015 - 5:57 pm

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