You’ve probably heard mention of the Weeknd in the past year, and definitely if you get your music from the internet or have an eye on R&B. The gloomy cloud that’s hanging over the genre (see: Usher‘s “Climax”) might have originated with him, while his jagged, falsetto-ed recollections of the high life have become typical for stars like Drake. In 2011, he released three critically acclaimed mixtapes for free through his Tumblr, earning himself a record deal and a clutch of powerful friends. This week, those three tapes have been remastered and repacked as Trilogy, and early forecasts have it debuting at Number 2 on the Billboard charts next week (trailing, who else but One Direction). Who is this shady game changer with an earthly voice and good internet game?
Today is Aubrey Graham’s birthday, and as the talented singing-rapper completes his 26th year of life, he’s smooth-talked his way into the hearts and minds of millions of fans (not to mention his fellow celebrity friends). Likely receiving countless gifts from friends, strangers, and business associates, Drake surely can’t keep each and every token, no matter how personal some may be. And that’s exactly why we decided to raid his garbage.
Dumpster diving is the classiest of adventures, especially when the trash you’re sifting through belongs to Toronto’s golden boy. Invasion of privacy, maybe, but like we’re taught on various reality shows, what’s discarded onto public property is considered free for the taking. Below are our findings: the front covers and inside messages of birthday cards from Drake’s grandmother, Rick Ross, the OVO fam, his Rabbi, Rihanna, the Young Money crew, and Chris Brown are all revealed.
For new artists like The Weeknd, Austin City Limits music festival is the perfect venue to play for thousands of adorning fans while also gaining the attention of potential new ones. Unfortunately, those looking forward to watching the “Wicked Games” singer perform today may be disappointed. Hours before his 5:15 p.m. set, The Weeknd cancelled his show due to doctor’s orders. His vocals need to rest, which means we won’t get to sing along to his sounds of seduction.
A statement was released apologizing for the no-show. “Regrettably The Weeknd will not be performing at ACL Festival today. Early this morning, under Doctors instructions, Abel has been put on a rest period to help with recurring vocal, aural and respiratory issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans. We hope he will recover quickly. There will be a personal statement later today.” DJ Mel was called in to perform in The Weeknd’s slot. New artists can’t afford to cancel shows, especially not one as large as the ACL Festival. Oftentimes bailing on performances doesn’t sit well with fans or the hosts of the festival. But since it was for medical purposes, hopefully the strength of his eargasm baby-making music will help folks get over his absence quickly.
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Along with 70,000 excited fans we’ve trekked down to Austin, TX (where it’s 80 degrees!) for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival to partake in the live shows by bands that run the gamut of Red Hot Chili Peppers to Florence + The Machine to The Roots to The Black Keys. It’s going to be a jam packed three days of rocking out and grooving at Zilker Park to an eclectic mix of sounds. Aside from our excitement to try Austin’s famous mouth-watering barbeque, we’re anticipating unforgettable moments that shall go down in music festival history. Read more…
Kaleidoscope Dream is the magical sophomore album by Miguel, an LP in which he infuses the sounds of rock, soul and funk into the expanding box that is modern R&B. On “Adorn,” which is currently No. 1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts, he croons about love and intimacy over the funky bass line. “‘Adorn’ is romantic, but it’s dirty at the same time,” he told us the day his album dropped. “It’s all the highs of love with all the coolness of the party.” Then there’s “Use Me,” “Do You,” “Arch & Point,” and “Pussy Is Mine” that explore the beauty of intimacy. While “Do You” is as much about the sensuality (“Do you like hugs? Do you like love?”) as it is about sex (“I wanna do you like drugs tonight”), the provocative “Pussy Is Mine” is completely about Miguel’s friend with benefits making him feel like it is all his. Read more…
Sure the self-directed black and white visual to The Weeknd‘s “Rolling Stone” is minimalistic. There’s Abel Tesfaye with a woman’s arms wrapped around his neck. And a black backdrop. That’s it. What looks like a camera flash flickers and that sums up the video. The beauty, however, is in the simplicity. With little action on screen it’s easier to focus on the instrumentation of the African drums, the soft guitar strings. His voice resembling the serene sound of a waterfall is enough to carry the three minute clip. Sometimes less really is more.
Video: The Weeknd, “Rolling Stone” [Fader]
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Wiz Khalifa brings the high energy party vibe to a track whereas The Weeknd‘s Abel Tesfaye offers breathy R&B. For Wiz’s “Remember You” from the pushed back O.N.I.F.C. (set to release December 4) the two collaborated for a mix between a sultry slow jam and smooth rap offerings focused on the good life. Against the deep bass, distant booms and scratches, Abel’s vocals are steady–not low, not quite high–as he pleads for said woman to make him remember her. Read more…
To say that The Weeknd, the shadowy and affected R&B project of Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, has “buzz” would be to significantly undercut his last two years. Bolstered by a major cosign from Drake, who posted about him on his OVO blog and then featured him prominently on Take Care, and the success of his Florence + The Machine and Lady Gaga remixes, he’s gone from a specter on the Internet to an “Must See” act at all the summer’s big festivals and “must sign” on every record exec’s list. Well, three chillingly good self-released mixtapes and a seat saved next to Diddy later, he’s finally been got.
Earlier this week, Tesfaye announced that he will be re-releasing his trio of 2011 Weeknd mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence), mixed and mastered, as Trilogy with the backing of Universal Republic on November 13th. Additionally, he says he’s back in the studio working on bonus tracks — “New music for my fans” — for his major label debut. Read more…
Lana Del Rey Releases Official Album Track List
The day everyone spent the second half of 2011 pining for is almost here — Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die album release. The Princess Of Buzz has released the track listing, but don’t get too excited, you’ve already heard most of it before. [NME]
Paul McCartney Reveals The Inspiration Behind Kisses On The Bottom
Did anyone else get some seriously vivid imagery of Paul McCartney kissing someone on the butt when they heard the name of his new album? Luckily, McCartney revealed the titled of the album, Kisses On The Bottom, is a lyric from Fats Waller‘s 1935 song, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter,” which has cleared our minds of foul thoughts. Phew. [Billboard]
The inaugural O Music Awards were held in Las Vegas back in April of this year, and we were there with behind-the-scenes coverage every step of the way (remember our punch drunk interview with Rebecca Black?). The show was such a resounding success that the powers-that-be have decided to hold another one this year. On Halloween, no less! We’ll have more details on location and timing of the event to follow in the coming days and weeks, but for now, check out the complete list of O Music Awards 2 nominees and begin voting TODAY.
EMERGING ARTISTS ODD FUTURE?S TYLER THE CREATOR AND THE WEEKND BATTLE POP ROYALTY LADY GAGA, KATY PERRY, JUSTIN BIEBER AND OTHERS TO LEAD NOMINATIONS FOR O MUSIC AWARDS 2
MULTIPLATFORM SHOW TO PREMIERE ON OCTOBER 31
VOTING AND OPEN NOMINATIONS BEGINS TODAY
FAN SELECTED CATEGORIES INCLUDE THE OOPS! I DID IT ONLINE AWARD, BEST ARTIST WITH A CAMERAPHONE, BEST WEB-BORN ARTIST, BEST VINTAGE VIRAL VIDEO, AND BEST LYRICS VIDEO
New York, NY, September 27, 2011 ? Following the success of the inaugural O Music Awards from April, MTV Music Group today announced that O Music Awards 2, the multiplatform event celebrating and honoring the artists, innovators and fans of digital music culture will return for this year?s second awards festivities live on October 31, 2011. The multiplatform experience will utilize MTV Music Groups multiple screens. Fans will be able to watch the entire show live on OMusicAwards.com, as well as select performances across MTV Music Group websites (MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com, LogoTV.com and MTVHive.com). In addition, there will be integration in television, mobile and tablets. This cycle?s nominees span multiple musical genres and decades and include a mix of established and up-and-coming artists.