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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 go… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 9:34 am

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 Australian adult-contempo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013 - 4:49 pm

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 - 1:04 pm

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 - 10:45 am

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 - 12:19 pm

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 - 4:50 pm

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 - 9:01 am

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 and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

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 - 3:06 pm

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 cuts took heavily… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

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 had… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 17, 2013 - 12:51 pm

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 - 5:12 pm

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, Michael Jackson’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2013 - 9:29 am

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 and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 25, 2013 - 2:35 pm

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 like NabilMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 12:37 pm

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 both… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2013 - 12:07 pm

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 Belong To… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 10:49 am

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 it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 17, 2013 - 8:54 am

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 Mac &More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

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 vibes: Tesfaye… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2013 - 9:24 am