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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, 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

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 - 12:04 pm

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 - 8:49 am

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 it’s probably… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2013 - 9:56 am

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 - 1:04 pm

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 - 8:40 am

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 RyanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2012 - 9:34 am

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 - 3:19 pm

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 a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012 - 8:56 am