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The Weeknd's best deep cuts

If you turned on a radio to listen to Top 40 songs this year, The Weeknd was inescapable. Last summer’s “Often” was a slow burn that got some gas …

New Music

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness first listen review: '65 minutes of bleak, brooding beauty'

Strippers, sorrow and Ed Sheeran occupy the songs on Abel Tesfaye’s second album - one of the most compulsive listens of the year<p>Beauty Behind The Madness is the fifth album from The Weeknd, if you count his three 2011 “mixtapes”, which you should, because they marked the arrival of a singular …

'Beauty Behind the Madness' by The Weeknd: EW review

Beauty Behind The Madness<p>typeMusicCurrent StatusIn Seasonrelease date08/28/15performerthe Weekndmusic label82005<p>We gave it a <b>B</b><p>Is there a more unlikely …

New Music

How well do you know The Weeknd's lyrics?

Get ready for The Weeknd to rock your weekend. The Canadian R&B singer (born Abel Tesfaye) has been dominating the Hot 100 this summer with his …

New Music

He Wants You to Want Him: The Weeknd Chases Mainstream Stardom, Among Other Things

I have long suspected Ethiopian Canadian singer-songwriter-succubus Abel Tesfaye of being more or less totally full of shit, so I find the more or …

The Weeknd

The Weeknd's New Album Really Shows Us The Beauty Behind The Madness

The wait is <i>finally</i> over. The Weeknd has revealed the <i>Beauty Behind The Madness</i> with his highly anticipated album release.<p>Abel already had four …

Trey Songz Just Made The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ Even Sexier: Listen

Just when you thought The Weeknd’s “Earned It” was the sexiest track your ears could ever hear, a new remix of the song has upped the arousal ante — …

How the Weeknd's insanely successful career started with anonymous YouTube videos

So how exactly did the Weeknd manage to climb from the dark hole of indie music anonymity to become the summer's biggest pop star?<p>Let's start at the beginning.<p>On Feb. 24, 2011, Tesfaye uploaded three songs to YouTube under the username "xoxxxoooxo."<p>No identifying name or photos were associated with …

New Music

The Weeknd clears away the haze for 'Beauty Behind the Madness'

"Foggy," "murky," "bleary" — those were the words that once described Abel Tesfaye's work as the Weeknd, in which this Canadian singer used moody, open-ended R&B arrangements to deliver clouded confessions (or were they boasts?) about living in a haze of illegal drugs and ill-advised sex.<p>The …

New Music

Everyone's freakin' over The Weeknd's new album. Here's why.

In just five years, Abel Tesfaye (AKA The Weeknd) has made the transition from being a faceless underground artist to a chart topping pop star. The …