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  • The Weeknd & Drake Score MMVA Nominations
    The Weeknd & Drake Score MMVA Nominations
    May 21, 2015 at 04:58pm
    If you grew up in Canada, the Much Music Video Awards are a big deal. Drake and The Weeknd, who both grew up in Toronto, likely spent their formative years watching the station, so they should be happy to hear they've earned a few nominations-- Abel leading the pack with 6. Other big Canadian acts like Arcade Fire, Grimes, Kiesza, and Majid Jordan have earned nods, while P. Reign and Tory Lanez will battle it out in the Hip-Hop Video Of The Year category. Check out the full list of noms below.
  • New Weeknd Album Announced For August, Abel Tesfaye Calls Release Date "False"
    New Weeknd Album Announced For August, Abel Tesfaye Calls Release Date "False"
    May 11, 2015 at 04:38pm
    With all of the hype that's surrounded The Weeknd since his music began surfacing on blogs in early 2011, it's easy to forget that his one actual album, 2013's Kiss Land, underperformed both commercially and critically. This summer, he'll get a chance to avoid the sophomore slump with a new album, which arrives on August 28th. 
  • Stream Belly's "Up For Days" Feat. The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott & More
    Stream Belly's "Up For Days" Feat. The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott & More
    May 7, 2015 at 05:23pm
    As my Canadian colleague Trevor Smith just reminded me, Toronto's Belly has been around since Scott Storch was a household name, but the latest incarnation of his career might be the one with the most potential to make him blow up.
  • The Weeknd Reportedly Dating Model Bella Hadid
    The Weeknd Reportedly Dating Model Bella Hadid
    May 7, 2015 at 12:54pm
    After a few years of wild world tours, X-rated songs and videos featuring a bevy of attractive women, The Weeknd may have finally entered an exclusive relationship. E! reports that he began dating model Bella Hadid a few weeks back, around the time he headlined a night of Coachella. A source tells the gossip website:
  • Hump Day Playlist
    Hump Day Playlist
    May 6, 2015 at 11:30am
    It's Hump Day on these internets, and while the term actually refers to the fact that once you're over the hump that is Wednesday your week is (basically) over, we're taking it literally. We've curated a great playlist for Hump Day. That means it's all r'n'b-ish music that should get you in the baby-making mood.
  • Drake, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky Among Austin City Limits 2015 Performers
    Drake, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky Among Austin City Limits 2015 Performers
    May 5, 2015 at 05:16pm
    The annual Austin City Limits music festival will be taking place once again this October, and the lineups for both weekends have been revealed today.The fest isn't exactly heavy on rap performers, but there are certainly some heavy hitters in the mix, with Drake, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, Run The Jewels, and the quickly ascending Kehlani confirmed as performers.
  • HARD Summer Music Festival Taps The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, Young Thug & More
    HARD Summer Music Festival Taps The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, Young Thug & More
    Apr 22, 2015 at 02:33pm
    If you're in the West Coast and you need plans for the weekend of August 1st, well, HARD Summer Music Festival appears to be where it's at. The event just announced the line-up for their two-day festival, and it's a mix of EDM, hip-hop and rock. On August 1st, the headliner is The Weeknd, who will also be joined by ScHoolboy Q, Young Thug, French DJ Brodinski, Salva, Dillon Francis and more. August 2nd finds Jack U headlining, with performances from RL Grime, Die Antwoord, DJ Mustard & friends, Chromeo, Fetty Wap, ILoveMakonnen, LA Leakers and more.
  • The Weeknd Brings Out Kanye West At Coachella
    The Weeknd Brings Out Kanye West At Coachella
    Apr 19, 2015 at 11:16am
    The Weeknd has killed it two weekends in a row at Coachella. He called last weekend's performance "the greatest night of my entire life," so fans were expecting something special for weekend #2. It was a one-man show the first time around, but for his return show last night, Abel brought out a very special guest. 
  • Rap Industry Recap: March
    Rap Industry Recap: March
    Apr 1, 2015 at 08:02am
    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
  • The Weeknd Now A Coachella Headliner
    The Weeknd Now A Coachella Headliner
    Mar 26, 2015 at 02:44pm
    Back in January the line-up for Coachella was revealed, with a few names catching our eye, namely, Drake and The Weeknd. The former collaborators and Canadians were set to play two different days, with The Weeknd's name listed underneath headliner Jack White, and Drake a headliner in his own right.
  • Lollapalooza Reveals 2015 Line-Up
    Lollapalooza Reveals 2015 Line-Up
    Mar 25, 2015 at 09:54am
    Last year Lollapalooza had a headliner that would many most hip-hop fans weak at the knees, with both OutKast and Eminem on the bill. This year they do a 180, with absolutely no hip-hop headliner, although there are rap artists scattered throughout the three-day festival.
  • The Weeknd Debuts A New Song At SXSW
    The Weeknd Debuts A New Song At SXSW
    Mar 20, 2015 at 01:10pm
    Last night (March 19), The Weeknd headlined YouTube's SXSW showcase and treated fans to some new music. The new song, reportedly titled "Mood Music", is produced by Million $ Mano, who was Kanye West's former tour DJ. As far as the "mood" on this one, it's typical XO: late-night/early morning (depressed) vibes, with enough bass to be a club staple. We're not sure "Mood Music" will appear on The Weeknd's next album, but going off the snippets we've heard, it will likely be his next single. 
  • The Weeknd Wins Artist Of The Year At The 2015 Juno Awards
    The Weeknd Wins Artist Of The Year At The 2015 Juno Awards
    Mar 15, 2015 at 11:17pm
    Earlier tonight (March 15), Canadians tuned in to the annual Juno Awards, which is, more or less, the Canadian Grammys. The Weeknd, who hails from Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, was among the night's winners, taking home two Awards.  The Weeknd first grabbed the Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for "Often", which he released last summer, and he ended the night winning Artist of the Year. 
  • The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
    The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
    Mar 11, 2015 at 08:57am
    The Roots will be putting on their 8th annual Roots Picnic this coming summer in Philadelphia. They've tapped a dope line-up for this year, with a mix of rap and r'n'b, mainstream and indie, albeit, mostly indie. The Roots Picnic headliners will be The Roots and The Weeknd. In addition, you'll be able to catch A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), Hudson Mohawke, DJ Mustard, Raury, Bishop Nehru, Marc E. Bassy, Rae Sremmurd and more.
  • Artists With A Dope Aesthetic
    Artists With A Dope Aesthetic
    Feb 18, 2015 at 01:50pm
    The rap game is all about your aesthetic. What you do, how you do it, how you look and how you market yourself are all a massive factor in a successful career. Some rappers take their aesthetic to the next level, creating something completely unique out of their brand. When they accomplish that, they can receive a cult-like following because it becomes much bigger than just the music; it becomes the culture.
  • 13 Most Explicit Lyrics By The Weeknd
    13 Most Explicit Lyrics By The Weeknd
    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:26pm
    The Weeknd rose up as a largely anonymous kid from Toronto who released three epic mixtapes in 2011. March, August and December each held a release date for this dude who was mixing sounds of electronica, hip-hop, dubstep, R&B, downtempo and soul in a way that had never been done before.Well, it worked. In November of 2012 The Weeknd reissued the three mix tapes on the Triology release which donned his face on the cover. He was no longer an anonymous kid from Toronto, he was now a certified star and, in many ways, a sex symbol.
  • The Weeknd Arrested For Allegedly Punching A Police Officer
    The Weeknd Arrested For Allegedly Punching A Police Officer
    Jan 12, 2015 at 05:52pm
    The Weeknd just had a pretty crazy... umm... weekend in Las Vegas, as reports indicate the singer was arrested for striking a police officer on Saturday. 
  • 10 Essential JMSN Tracks
    10 Essential JMSN Tracks
    Jan 11, 2015 at 04:55pm
    JMSN is a name that has been popping up over the past few years, but this Michigan native has actually been active for 10 years now.Mixing soul, R&B and alternative minded music, JMSN receives comparisons to the likes of The Weeknd and even Justin Timberlake. However his production is more reminiscent of Shlohmo or Ta-Ku than anything on pop radio, making his music appeal to the indie audience and those looking for the freshest sounds. Keep in mind that he is a producer as well as a singer, and lays down the beats for most of his songs by being a multi-instrumentalist.
  • 2015 Coachella Line-Up Revealed
    2015 Coachella Line-Up Revealed
    Jan 6, 2015 at 02:10pm
    Now that we've officially ushered in 2015, we can expect Coachella to go down sooner rather than later. The yearly music fest has announced their typically massive three-day line-up today, with tickets going on sale in a day's time.
  • Holiday wRap Up
    Holiday wRap Up
    Dec 26, 2014 at 12:10pm
    Christmas might be over, but the holiday spirit is still alive and well, and let's hope it stay that way for a bit. We've seen rappers give to those who are less fortunate over the holidays, but yesterday, it was all about family and friends. Some of our favorite artists gave us a peak inside their home and their celebrations on Christmas day by sharing photos and video on Instagram. We've rounded it all up for a holiday (w)rap-up, so click through to see photos from Diddy, Tyga, 2 Chainz, The Game, The-Dream, The Weeknd, Drake. Chris Brown, Chief Keef and more.
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