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The US president’s annual State Of The Union address is always a loaded subject because no one can agree exactly what state the union is in or why it’s in that state, especially in such a polarized, compromised, altogether monumentally fucked political environment. We can’t even agree on who should be considered a part of… More »

That tingling feeling in your cheeks is not Abel Tesfaye’s supply kicking in. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — year-end list season — and the festivities continue today with the Week In Pop’s second annual rundown of the finest pop singles of the past 12 months. … More »

When I put this list together last year, the big story was the emergence of auteurs in the online era of the music video. For the past decade, music videos have mostly lived online, far away from the cable networks that once nurtured the art form. Back in the ’90s, when cable networks were starting… More »

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The Week In Pop: JoJo, A Pop Star For The Post-Hits Era

"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…
Chris DeVille | August 27, 2015 - 4:47 pm
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Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Performers

MTV has just announced that Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots, and the Weeknd will be performing…
Peter Helman | August 25, 2015 - 7:56 pm
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Director Of Unreleased Majical Cloudz Video Says The Weeknd Ripped Him Off

Director Mitch Moore has accused the Weeknd's Grant Singer-directed "Can't Feel My Face" music video of ripping off an unreleased video he made for Majical…
James Rettig | August 25, 2015 - 11:16 am
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The Weeknd – “Tell Your Friends” (Prod. Kanye West) Video

The Weeknd teamed with music video director extraordinaire Grant Singer, a close collaborator of Sky Ferreira and Ariel Pink, on his instantly iconic "Can't Feel
Chris DeVille | August 24, 2015 - 12:19 pm
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Photos: Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2015

Billboard threw its first-ever Hot 100 Festival this weekend at Long Island's Jones Beach, featuring headlining sets from the Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, and Justin…
Stereogum | August 24, 2015 - 11:40 am

Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

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…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2015 - 9:58 am
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Watch The Weeknd Sing Beauty Behind The Madness Songs, Cover “Drunk In Love” At Billboard Hot 100 Fest

The Weeknd played a headlining set at day one of the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Fest last night. He opened with House Of Balloons' "High…
Peter Helman | August 23, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Stream The Weeknd’s 18-Minute Beauty Behind The Madness Sampler

On the same day his Lana Del Rey collaboration emerged, the Weeknd has shared an 18-minute preview of his new album Beauty Behind The Madness,…
Chris DeVille | August 21, 2015 - 4:55 pm
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The Weeknd – “Prisoner” (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

The most intriguing part of the Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness tracklist is "Prisoner," the duet with Lana Del Rey. They make a head-slappingly obvious…
Chris DeVille | August 21, 2015 - 9:49 am
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The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (then…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm
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Hear A Live Preview Of The Weeknd’s Kanye West-Produced “Tell Your Friends”

The Weeknd's ridiculously anticipated new album Beauty Behind The Madness comes out in just a week and a half, and we've still only heard a…
Tom Breihan | August 19, 2015 - 10:05 am
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The Weeknd Models Kanye West’s New Yeezy Collection

The lasting peace between GOOD Music and OVOXO basecamp seems to be extending far into the foreseeable future. Our lastest installment of pseudo-collaboration between the…
Caitlin White | August 18, 2015 - 3:18 pm
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The Week In Pop: Jordin Sparks Makes The Leap

Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off…
Chris DeVille | August 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm
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The Weeknd Duets With Lana Del Rey On His New Album

The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey both sing slow, sad, narcotically tinged songs about the toll of the party lifestyle, and both of them somehow…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2015 - 9:32 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At the end of 2014, I put together a list of the year's best videos and noted that the race for the title of world's…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2015 - 3:37 pm
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Disclosure Reveal Caracal Tracklist Feat. Lorde, Miguel, The Weeknd

Disclosure's forthcoming LP Caracal will be released in September, and today the duo revealed its tracklist which boasts a considerable number of impressive collaborators. Lorde,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 31, 2015 - 11:23 am
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The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” Video

"Can't Feel My Face" is the Weeknd's biggest hit ever, narrowly missing #1 for two straight weeks and enjoying the Tom Cruise treatment on Fallon
Chris DeVille | July 28, 2015 - 12:28 pm
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Watch Tom Cruise Lip Sync The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” On Fallon

If you've ever seen Rock Of Ages, you've seen the terrifying intensity that Tom Cruise brings when he's pretending to sing songs onscreen. And if…
Tom Breihan | July 28, 2015 - 8:42 am
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The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is "Can't Feel My Face," a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm
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Watch The Weeknd Debut A New Song In London

The Weeknd is suddenly, against all odds, a titanic pop star, and his album Beauty Behind The Madness is likely going to be a very…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2015 - 11:02 am
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