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The Weeknd – “Belong To The World” Video

Last month, we posted video of the Weeknd debuting a new track called "You Belong To The World" live onstage in Toronto. The song, meant for the Weeknd's forthcoming album Kiss Land, samples the world-annihilating drums of Portishead's "Machine Gun" (more on that below) and it approaches the hard-pop falsetto paranoia of, say,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2013

The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” Video (NSFW)

When Abel Tesfaye, bka the Weeknd, dropped "Kiss Land" earlier this year, Amrit astutely pointed out markers of Tesfaye's growth embedded into the track via a lighter, more celebratory touch in both the sound and the lyrics. But something else that is worth noting is that for anyone whose interests stretch throughout the blogosphere… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 25, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn't a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and we can thank CMT, of all possible cable networks, for its existence. (Jim James on Letterman was also pretty great.) Meanwhile, weirdo giants of the music-video field… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013

Juicy J – “One Of Those Nights” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

The Weeknd makes mournfully beautiful music about being overly self-medicated and having too much sex. Juicy J makes triumphantly thunderous music about being overly self-medicated and having too much sex. The two make a surprisingly seamless pair on Juicy's single "One Of Those Nights." And in its violent new video, Juicy and Abel Tesfaye… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2013

Watch The Weeknd Debut “You Belong To The World” In Toronto

Last night, the Weekend played a show at the Mod Club in his Toronto hometown, which marked the first time Abel Tesfaye sang "Kiss Land," the title track from his forthcoming album, on a stage. And during the show, Tesfaye also debuted a new song, which may or may not be called "You… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013

The Weeknd – “Kiss Land”

Behold, the Weeknd in a state of growth. "Kiss Land" is the title track to Abel Tesfaye's forthcoming LP -- his first LP made specifically for the format, since Trilogy is just those first three mixtapes compiled -- and he's stretching out here and there! Not radically, mind you: Over the first half of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 17, 2013

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

French Montana's oft-delayed Excuse My French was finally released this week. The album includes one of last summer's biggest bangers "Pop That" and convulsive Nicki Minaj collaboration "Freaks," as well as this meditative cut "Gifted" featuring The Weeknd. Check it out below. For those who have been consuming the free-flowing Coke Boys and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 15, 2013

Preview New Weeknd Song “John Carpenter”

Abel Tesfaye's new Weeknd album will be the first set of songs he's created specifically for that format -- remember him in his mysterioso mixtape maestro guise, leading to his mixtape-compiling debut LP Trilogy -- and he's been fairly forthcoming by telling us it's called Kiss Land. And now, back to the mysterioso… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2013

The Weeknd Reveals New Album Title, Releases $200 Trilogy Vinyl

While the majority of the Internet was losing its mind over the brand new Houston-rooted, war cry from Beyoncé, the Weeknd (née Abel Tesfaye) announced that he would be release a sophomore LP some time this year called Kiss Land. This is excellent news for his fans, as the majority of his debut LP TrilogyMore »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 18, 2013

Juicy J – “One of Those Nights” (Feat. The Weeknd)

The Weeknd and resurgent Three 6 Mafia berserk-libertine rapper/producer Juicy J tend to write songs about the exact same things: Sex, drugs, partying, being predatory nightlife animals. The only real difference is that the Weeknd sounds sad about it, while Juicy J sounds really, really happy. But on "One Of Those Nights," Juicy's new single,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2013

The Weeknd – “Twenty Eight” Video (NSFW)

The Weeknd's video for "Twenty Eight," one of the previously-unreleased tracks from his mixtape reissue Trilogy, is a tough thing to untangle. It has something to do with European talk shows and ghost women and utterly depressing strip parties. But Nabil, the ascendent music-video visionary, directed it, which means it looks great and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2013

2012 In Review: The New Wave Of R&B Comes Into Full Bloom

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned a cassette copy of Boyz II Men's II because who didn't? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey's Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 24, 2012

Watch The Weeknd’s TV Debut On Jools Holland

Last night, the Weeknd made his television debut on BBC's Later ... With Jools Holland, where he performed "Wicked Games." Lana Del Rey also appeared on the show to perform her recent "Ride." Watch the performances below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 28, 2012

Wiz Khalifa – “Remember You” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

If the Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye somehow becomes an anonymous R&B hook-singer dude, we'll all die just a little bit inside. So far, though, Tesfaye is two-for-two on his featured appearances, with both Drake's "Crew Love" and Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You" fitting beautifully with his cokesweat-soul body of work. Tesfaye doesn't show up in director More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2012

The Weeknd – “Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)”

Another day, another Zane Lowe premiere of a Weeknd bonus cut that will appear on his forthcoming physical release Trilogy. This one's called "Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)," a stuttering, twittering number that churns toward the climax. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 8, 2012

The Weeknd – “The Zone” Video (Feat. Drake)

Last year, Toronto sad-loverman icons and mutual admirers the Weeknd and Drake linked up for "The Zone," a haunted and numb track from the Weeknd's Thursday mixtape. Next week, the Weeknd releases the three EPs he dropped last year, repackaged and remastered as Trilogy. So it's a good time for "The Zone" to get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012

The Weeknd – “Valerie”

Today, BBC 1 premiered another bonus track from the Weeknd's forthcoming physical release of Trilogy. It's a shuffling, lurching ode called "Valerie" and you can hear the radio rip below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 7, 2012

The Weeknd – “Twenty Eight”

Next week, the Weeknd releases Trilogy, the remastered, repackaged major-label version of his three 2011 mixtapes. Trilogy has three bonus tracks, and one of them is a spare, keeing, debauched track called "Twenty Eight" that would've fit comfortably on House Of Balloons. Zane Lowe played the track on BBC Radio 1 today, and you ca… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012

The Weeknd – “Enemy”

First of all, this new Weeknd song appropriates the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" in lyric and in sample. And at the very least we can all agree that, of all the Moz-isms for Abel to cite in his seedy vignettes, this one is a pretty snug fit. "Enemy"… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2012

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games” Video

The Weeknd's mixtape collection Trilogy is coming out next month, and now we've got a video for the remastered version of the House Of Balloons track "Wicked Games" -- a smoothed-out version of the song that's somehow less impactful than the one that appeared on the mixtape. The video is a meditative, minimal affair, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2012