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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

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 i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2014

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

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

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

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013

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:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2013

Watch The Weeknd Play Letterman

You can envy Abel Tesfaye for a lot of reasons, but not for this one: He was trying to make some kind of impact on late-night TV last night, but he was up against Kanye on Kimmel. Still, performing on last night's episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, Tesfaye made a good… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013

Sia – “Elastic Heart” (Feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a teenager-targeted blockbuster movie about control and calculation and heartlessness and struggle, so maybe it's appropriate that the Weeknd shows up on a couple of tracks on the movie's soundtrack. Other than Coldplay's "Atlas," the first song we've heard from that soundtrack is "Elastic Heart," from the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013

The Weeknd – “Pretty” Video (NSFW)

If you thought the Weeknd's new album Kiss Land was misogynist, you had no idea. Abel Tesfaye's new video for "Pretty," an intense ballad from the LP, is a deeply NSFW and disturbing piece of work. It's impressive, to be sure, but there's a decent chance it'll make you hate the guy. In the clip,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013

Watch The Weeknd Play Kimmel

Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd, made his U.S. television debut last night on Kimmel. The Toronto singer and his backing band did an airy outdoor performance of "Pretty" from his first proper full-length Kiss Land, which has, reportedly, sold 90k+ in its first week. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 13, 2013

Deconstructing: Big Sean, 2 Chainz, And The Racial Politics Of Punchline Rap

Big Sean is one of hip-hop's worst misnomers, and not just because the guy is only five-foot-eight. Everything about the Detroit rapper screams "twerp." In his inexplicably frequent guest spots on gargantuan hits by A-list rappers, he is the kid brother begging to tag along — a pest, a nuisance, a whoopie cushion rapping about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 12, 2013

The Weeknd – “Live For” (Feat. Drake) Video

In the new video for Kiss Land highlight "Live For," Abel Tesfaye really takes center stage. It's strange now to think that when the Weeknd first came out he was nearly as mysterious as Burial, but here he's completely direct and up front. At least at first. Once the beat drops it's all strobe light… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 11, 2013

Stream The Weeknd Kiss Land

Abel Tesfaye, the heart-stomped hedonist crooner behind the Weeknd, became a star on the back of the three mixtapes he released in 2011, and now he's finally ready to release Kiss Land, his major-label debut. And listening to the album now, Tesfaye hasn't altered his sound for mass consumption at all; he's still bemoaning lost… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2013

The Weeknd – “Live For” (Feat. Drake)

The rumored-beef between Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd, and Drake was dispelled when Tesfaye spoke about their relationship in his first-ever interview but things like this new collab "Live For" are what solidify those claims. The cut displays why they're so perfect for each other: It's fame-and-sex-obsessed but in ways that are both ego-fueling… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 19, 2013

Lorde – “Royals” (The Weeknd Remix)

Lorde is the 16-year-old New Zealand songstress Ella Yelich-O'Connor; her debut album Pure Heroine is out in September via Universal. In advance of the record, she released a single, "Royals," which The Weeknd have just remixed. Hear the Weeknd's take on the track below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 18, 2013

The Weeknd – “Love In The Sky”

Like "Kiss Land" and "Belong To The World" before it, the Weeknd's latest offering "Love In The Sky" is much more ebullient and polished than the work on his three mixtapes. It's also his most romantic-feeling release to-date, despite its lyrics where he explains his aversion to slow sex. The previous two cut… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 30, 2013

The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead

Earlier this week, we posted a brand new video from Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd, for a cut from his upcoming debut full-length Kiss Land called "Belong To The World." Tom noted in his post that it samples the drums from Portishead's "Machine Gun" but that band member Geoff Barrow immediately acknowledged that they… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 17, 2013

Read The Weeknd’s First-Ever Interview

Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd hasn't been too revealing thus far in his career, but for the August/September '13 issue of Complex, the singer has done his first ever interview. Speaking to former staff writer Damien Scott, Tesfaye opens up about his work with Drake, his own music, and Toronto. Check out excerpts below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 15, 2013