The Weeknd Previews Awesome-Sounding New Song
While preparing to hit the studio with Daft Punk, The Weeknd shared a snippet from an unreleased song on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. The only contextual hint he included was a cat emoji, which might mean that the song is produced by Cashmere Cat. Last night, Cashmere mentioned that he would release the first single from his album on Friday, so this appears to be the most likely scenario.
Is The Weeknd Releasing A Collaboration With Daft Punk?
2016 has been a very good year for music, and that might be getting even better. In an unusual turn of events, YourEDM connected the dots on a Billboard interview from July in which Republic Records A&R Wendy Goldstein mentioned that The Weeknd and Daft Punk were working together.
Top Tracks: August 15 - August 21
Last week was a funny one for album delays. On one hand, Frank Ocean delivered not only his first, but also his second album since 2012's Channel Orange, but on the other, we didn't get the projects that we'd been expecting from French Montana, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.
The Weeknd Donates $250,000 To The Black Lives Matter Network
The Weeknd has experienced massive success over the course of the past five years. Now he's using the wealth he's accrued to help causes important to him.
The Weeknd Donates $50,000 To U Of Toronto For Ethiopic Studies
Ethiopia is best-known for its distance runners and for being the ancestral homeland of Toronto-born megastar The Weeknd. Born Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd has made a $50,000 donation towards the creation of an Ethiopic Studies program at the University of Toronto, according to the Toronto Star.
2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Beyonce earned a whopping 11 nominations. The artist with the second most nominations is Adele, who earned eight, seven of which are for "Hello." Ariana Grande (5), Drake (4), and Rihanna (4) could also be lined up for a big night. Other nominees of note include Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, & Desiigner,
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Kanye West, The Weeknd, & Chance The Rapper To Headline NYC's Meadows Music Festival
The same company that produces Governor's Ball has announced that the first annual Meadows Music and Arts Festival will take place in Queens, New York on October 1st and 2nd.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
The Weeknd & Belly Cancel "Jimmy Kimmel" Appearance In Trump Protest
The Weeknd and his XO cohort Belly were scheduled to perform "Might Not" last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The AP reports that they opted to cancel their performance at the last minute because they didn't want to appear in the same episode as Donald Trump, who appeared as a guest on the show last night.
Meek Mill Wins Top Rap Album At Billboard Music Awards, Drake Is Top Rap Artist
Another week, another award show. Tonight it was the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Vegas, and of course, the majority of the nominations went to major artists who have spent a good deal of time in the Hot 100 singles chart and/or the Billboard 200 albums chart over the past year. Though a relatively small group of hip-hop artists were represented at this year's show, there were still a few surprise award-winners. The most unexpected result came in the category of Top Rap Album, as the award was given to Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money.
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.
35 Artists To Follow On Snapchat
Snapchat is bigger than ever, and if you haven't been keeping up with it, you may not know just how many artists have hopped on board and created accounts. Of course, not everyone is as much of a natural as DJ Khaled, but there is a wide selection of musicians now active on Snap, and since they're still not that easily searchable within the app, we've decided to round up a few of the people we've been following.
Justin Timberlake & The Weeknd Have Been Talking About Collaborating
We recently found out that Justin Timberlake is indeed working on a new album, even though he's not exactly sure where it's going yet. After creating new music for the upcoming "Trolls" film, he also got into making some music of his own.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7)
The Met Gala took place on Monday, and there seemed to be more rap and R&B artists in attendance than ever, even despite Rihanna's notable absence. Of course, both Future and Ciara were in attendance (but seemingly were able to avoid one another), while Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kanye West all came through with memorable looks (Ye decided to go all out with the contacts).
The Weeknd Reportedly Back In The Studio With His “House Of Balloons” Producers
The Weeknd is back in the studio working on some new music at the moment, and it appears he’s been doing it with some of the same producers from his breakout debut House Of Balloons.
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
The credits on Beyoncé's new album Lemonade read like an oddly-selected history of pop, R&B, and rock music, with modern indie names like Ezra Koenig and Animal Collective sitting alongside titanic legends like OutKast, Led Zeppelin, and Isaac Hayes.
#TBT: The Weeknd
It's been just over five years since Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape House of Balloons. The influential release didn't just set the stage for the career of one of pop's most iconic modern voices. It altered the landscape of modern music, period. Ever since HoB there have been a number of artists who borrow something from The Weeknd's style, and it's a case of "often imitated, never duplicated," as the Toronto singer remains at the top of the game he created.
Kanye West, Jay Z, & Kendrick Lamar Attended Kobe Bryant's Final Game
Rappers and hip hop moguls shelled out as much as 40 grand to witness Kobe Bryant's final game in person. And it was worth it. Kobe dropped 60 points, including the Lakers last 15 points of the game, and hit the game-winning jumper with 31 seconds to play.
14 Artists That Drake Co-Signed
A Drake co-sign will put you on the map, straight up. It's happened for many artists over the past half-decade or so. The Weeknd was only brought into the mainstream spotlight when Drake appeared on his sophomore mixtape Thursday. Migos stock skyrocketed after Drizzy jumped on "Versace." Even the likes of dancehall star Popcaan has been able to crossover into the American mainstream after garnering attention from Drake.