Review: The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness"
There has been no artist in our culture that has had a more storied four years than The Weeknd. The Scarborough, Canada native currently sits in a pop music position that he probably never had imagined himself in. When House Of Balloons dropped in March of 2011, no one knew who or what The Weeknd was. He was, literally, a faceless voice that made music about the raw realities of being a young man growing up in a small, drug-driven, lust-crazed environment.
The Weeknd Talks "BBTM," Working With Kanye West, Influences
The Weeknd's sophomore album Beauty Behind the Madness is the latest chapter in the story of his mercurial rise to stardom. In a new interview with Pitchfork, he delved into his mindset that informed the album, described what it was like to work with Kanye West, and opened up about his artistic influences and ambitions.
Watch Performances From The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & More At The 2015 MTV VMAs
As we detailed in our recap of noteworthy moments from last night's MTV VMAs, the event wasn't super hip-hop-oriented, but nevertheless we got a few performances from some of our favorite acts, and Kanye West was there, so, that was cool.
First Week Sales Projections For The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness"
The Weeknd had an ideal ramp up in advance of Beauty Behind the Madness, putting out some monster records in "Earned It," "The Hills," & "Can't Feel My Face" (plus appearing on Ariana Grande's megahit "Love Me Harder") that elevated the public profile of the album and promised to give its sales a hefty boost. Early projections now have BBTM headed for a first week with 250,000 sales, according to HDD.
The People Behind The Madness
The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness is out today, and there were a ton of talented hands on the project. Of course, you know the megastars like Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, and Lana Del Rey, but there are also a slew of lesser known producers and writers that helped to shape this massive 2015 release.
Stream The Weeknd's New Album "Beauty Behind The Madness"
The time has come. The Weeknd’s highly anticipated second studio LP, Beauty Behind The Madness, has officially dropped on iTunes today. Laced with 14 records, the follow up to 2013’s Kiss Land features guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and Lana Del Ray. Meanwhile, production is handled by the likes of Kanye West, Mike Dean, Max Martin, and more.
LyriQuiz: The Weeknd - "Wicked Games"
The official release of The Weeknd's sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is right around the corner. With the album hitting shelves and the e-streets tomorrow, we're taking things back today to see how well you remember some of the r'n'b singers early material.
The Weeknd Covers Billboard Magazine
The Weeknd has pretty much owned the Billboard charts this summer with smash hits like “The Hills” & “Can’t Feel My Face,” so with his album dropping on Friday (8/28) it’s only fitting that the Toronto crooner graces the front cover of the magazine’s latest issue.
The Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Pharrell To Perform At MTV VMAs 2015
With his album release set for this Friday and plenty of hits on the Billboard chart, The Weeknd is having a pretty solid week. He'll cap things off by performing on the MTV Video Music Awards this week, which should be a pretty eventful night.
The Weeknd Streams Snippets Of Every "Beauty Behind The Madness" Track
As many of you have deemed necessary to point out in the comments section of every article we've posted today, The Weeknd's new album Beauty Behind The Madness leaked earlier today. Unfortunately, we'd be up to our asses in lawyers if we tried to post the full thing, so you're just going to have to settle for this: a preview of the full project that clocks in around 48 minutes shorter than the actual thing.
The Weeknd Announces "The Madness" Fall Tour With Travi$ Scott & Banks
The Weeknd is going on tour. "The Madness" tour will hit 22 cities in the United States and Canada, starting off on November 3 in Toronto and wrapping up December 19 in Miami. Twitter posts from Travi$ Scott and Banks corroborate earlier rumors that they will be opening for Abel. Nothing has been 100% confirmed but it certainly looks like they'll be joining him.
The Weeknd Models Kanye West's Adidas Collection For GQ
The Weeknd, as we read during his NYTimes profile, is attempting to evolve and thus come out of his shell a bit more with his upcoming album Beauty Behind the Madness. We've already seen evidence of this, not only with the New York Times interview, but the
The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" Hits Number One On The Hot 100
Just hours after I heard it blare from speakers behind the counter of a Subway on my lunch break, The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" has officially achieved the benchmark that we've all been expecting it to reach: the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Billboard reports that the song just dethroned OMI's "Cheerleader," which spent four weeks at the top.
The Weeknd To Perform At The MTV VMAs
The 2015 MTV VMAs got off to a rocky start, when Nicki Minaj dragged the annual music video awards through the mud for their lack of "Anaconda" in their Video of the Year nominations.
The Weeknd Shares "Beauty Behind The Madness" Tracklist
We haven't gotten a new full length from The Weeknd in almost two years, and with three of his new singles ("THe Hills," "Earned It" and "Can't Feel My Face") currently tearing up the charts, he couldn't be dropping Beauty Behind The Madness at a better time. Arriving on August 28th, the album will only have one feature, as revealed by the just released tracklist. It'll come from another artist who rose from the shadows of dark, mysterious early recordings to become a star in her own right, Lana Del Rey. View the full thing below.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
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.
iHeart Radio Music Festival Taps Kanye West, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne & More
iHeart Radio's Music Festival is taking place in Las Vegas this year, at the MGM Grand Arena on September 18th and 19th. They've tapped a variety of artists for the line-up, covering all their bases from pop to rap to r'n'b to rock. This year's headliner will be Kanye West, and this will serve as Ye's first time performing in the festival. Alongside Kanye, you can expect performances from The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Janet Jackson, Disclosure and more. Check out the full line-up for iHeart Radio Music Festival below.
The Weeknd Speaks On "Beauty Behind The Madness" In NY Times Profile
The Weeknd recently announced his new album, a sophomore effort to follow up Kiss Land, or his third album if you count Trilogy.
Charts Don't Lie: July 25th
It was yet another unpredictable week on the charts, with Meek Mill being dethroned by none other than -- Tyrese? That's right, the veteran R&B star turnt Furious 7 actor has landed his very first number one with his sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Meek Mill keeps the units moving, sticking close at the number three spot. Drake comes in at 9, while the other rap albums were shut out of the top ten once again. As we already know, Future is set to top next week's charts, which will make for yet another consecutive week where a rap or R&B album reigns supreme.
Stream The "Southpaw" Soundtrack Feat. Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson & More
"Southpaw," a boxing film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent and Rachel McAdams, opens in theaters today, but more importantly for hip hop fans, the soundtrack's now on Spotify.