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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 …

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

We gave it a <b>B</b><p>Is there a more unlikely pop ascent than that of the Weeknd? The Canadian R&B sensation (born Abel Tesfaye) began as a mixtape …

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 …

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 …

Acquainted

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 — …

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 …

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 …