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It still feels like summer, but that won’t last long. We’re less than two weeks away from #PSL and before you know it we’ll be wearing flannel. It’s not a moment too soon: unless you somehow avoided all major news (and everything Donald Trump has said) recently, this summer hurt like a motherfucker. How appropriate… More »

“Remember JoJo?” To most of the Western world, that’s a reasonable question. Those who do recall Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque probably envision her as an adolescent, delivering the sleek acoustic R&B kiss-off “Leave (Get Out)” with poise and authority beyond her 13 years. That was 2004, and she followed it up two years later with… More »

There was a moment in the late ’80s when Michael Jackson was both the biggest pop star in the world and, arguably at least, the weirdest. Jackson was always weird; the circumstances of his upbringing made it impossible for him to be anything but. But all the way up through Thriller, the primary emotion that… More »

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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…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | May 5, 2014 - 11:52 am
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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 a…
Chris DeVille | April 30, 2014 - 1:42 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2014 - 9:28 am

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…
Scott Lapatine | February 16, 2014 - 10:27 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2013 - 5:05 pm

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 o…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2013 - 9:34 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2013 - 4:49 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2013 - 1:04 pm
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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…
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." I…
Chris DeVille | September 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm
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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…
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…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2013 - 9:01 am
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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…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 19, 2013 - 11:40 am
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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,…
Liz Pelly | August 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm
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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 tha…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm
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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
Claire Lobenfeld | July 17, 2013 - 12:51 pm
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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 ha…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 15, 2013 - 5:12 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2013 - 9:29 am
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