The best Weeknd songs reveal how that happened. Tesfaye threw his hat in the ring in , and his voice fit the track like a glove. The black-and-white music video lends narrative to the loneliness as well, with The Weeknd singing to the camera with a mostly barren background. The moments between night and morning seem to be a blur, marked by ambiguous lyrics and braggadocious references. The lifestyle may be out of our element but, for him, this is just another day.
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T he world right now feels topsy-turvy, filled with cancellations , closures and postponements. But for musicians, the new music releases — if not the shows themselves — must go on. His take, however, feels thoroughly modern.
We take a fresh look at the superstar singer's discography following the release of "Starboy. It honestly seemed like The Weeknd was done. After manifesting in as the brooding, semi-anonymous creative force on three standout mixtapes "House of Balloons," "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence," he dropped a debut album in "Kissland" that failed to produce any long-standing hits. Abel Tesfaye was playing shows and keeping fans, but the early hype had completely diminished. In he released an eager follow-up called "Starboy," which debuted as the top-selling album in the country and looks to be sticking around the top five for a long time. The Weeknd is having a moment. At this point, you have to count him among the Drakes and Rihannas of the world as the true, undisputed superstars of the world. The Weeknd is great at naming songs. The best example is "The Hills," a very vain song about going to some of course dark, cavernous party in the nice part of town. Naturally he borrows the name of a long-forgotten mids MTV drama for the title.
If you think about it, nothing about The Weeknd should make sense. He's the most NSFW household name in the pop game. He appeals to the devil in all of us, and it feels so good.