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The Sound The Weeknd put the disappointment that was Kiss Land far behind him this past week. He dropped Beauty Behind The Madness, had one of the MTV Video Music Awards’ best performance and was the closing headliner at the Made in America Festival. The great week continues with the announcement of BBTM‘s first week sales. The Weeknd’s sophomore effort sold 326,000 units, 412,000 […]

Now in its fourth year, Budweiser’s just-passed Philadelphia Made in America festival felt bigger than ever. The city has been abuzz—freaking out even—over preparations surrounding the Pope’s planned visit later this month, but Jay Z’s annual blowout has officially hit its stride. Some 70,000 people descended on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway on both days of […]

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Drake hinted at Governor’s Ball that he had more material with The Weeknd coming up. A “Tell Your Friends” remix might not be what he meant, but regardless, he delivered it as another exclusive on OVO Radio. While The Weeknd’s version will still remain the essential one, the soulful, downtempo beat does sound like something Drake […]

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now. When she released her fifth studio album, 1989, it was the first album of the year to sell over a million copies its first week—1.287 million copies to be exact. In less than six month, 1989 has already outsold all of her […]

The Weeknd wants to be a pop star. His music has been hinting at it since his spine-tingling cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” But bluntly singing about women and drugs on his previous four projects wasn’t getting him where he wanted. Beauty Behind the Madness is different. On this effort, it sounds like he wants […]

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This is the week before Beauty Behind The Madness drops and The Weeknd hits the stage for MTV’s Video Music Awards. This means The Weeknd is going to rule this week, which isn’t a bad thing, especially when it includes the video to the Kanye West-produced “Tell Your Friends.” Like all other The Weeknd videos, “Tell Your Friends” centers around […]

The Sound Traditional album release dates don’t quite work anymore. They tend to leak beforehand. The Weeknd wasn’t a special case. Beauty Behind The Madness has leaked one week before its release date. We won’t post the leak here, but we’re sure with a little Internet searching — and if you beliieeeveee — you can find it. Instead of an all […]

The Weeknd is on one right now. With his singles, “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and “The Hills,” booming on the charts, and his album just a week away, he decided to up the ante once again by announcing The Madness Fall Tour. With his album Beauty Behind the Madness, slated to drop Aug. 28, fans will […]

The Weeknd’s sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness may not officially drop until next week, but early Wednesday morning, Travi$ Scott posted a quick snippet of the song on his Instagram. “Tell Your Friends,” is produced by Kanye West and is the third song on The Weeknd’s upcoming project. In typical Weeknd form, he played […]


What do you get when you throw Ed Sheeran and Waka Flocka Flame in The Weeknd’s kitchen? A crazy freestyle battle. According to The Weeknd, during his interview with GQ, he spoke on how Sheeran and Waka once engaged in a freestyle battle in his own kitchen. Let’s let Abel break it down. Per GQ […]

The Sound It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened: The Weeknd finally has a No. 1 hit. After being kept out by OMI’s “Cheerleader,” “Can’t Feel My Face” is officially the No. 1 song in the country, according to Billboard. The Weeknd has been circling around that spot for a while. He had as […]