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The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Acquainted – Acquainted is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd recorded for his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness. It was written and produced by him along with Jason DaHeala Quenneville, Danny Boy Styles Schofield, Carlos Illangelo Montagnese and it was set to impact contemporary hit radio on April 12,2016, though its release to those stations did not occur. A working version of Acquainted referred to as Girls Born in the 90s leaked in May 2015, the song is written in the key of G minor with a moderate tempo of 106 beats per minute in common time. The song alternates between the chords Gm and F, and the span from F3 to C6. The music video was directed by Nabil Elderkin. Production commenced on February 9,2016
2. Belong to the World – Kiss Land is the debut studio album by Canadian singer The Weeknd. The album was released in the United States on September 10,2013, by XO, Kiss Land was supported by six singles, Kiss Land, Belong to the World, Love in the Sky, Live For, Pretty and Wanderlust. The albums sole guest appearance comes from frequent collaborator Drake, the albums production was primarily handled by DannyBoyStyles, The Weeknd and Jason DaHeala Quenneville. Kiss Land received generally positive reviews from critics, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. As of August 2015, the album has sold 273,000 copies in the US, on March 17,2013, The Weeknd announced his debut album would be titled Kiss Land. In July 2013, Amazon. com revealed that the album would be released on August 27,2013, on July 22,2013, it was announced that the album would be pushed back from August 27,2013, until September 10,2013. In July 2013, during an interview with Complex, The Weeknd described the album, saying, Kiss Land symbolizes the tour life, just like House of Balloons symbolizes Toronto and my experiences there, but its a world that I created. When I think about Kiss Land, I think about a terrifying place and its a place Ive never been to before that Im very unfamiliar with. A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Thats what Kiss Land is to me, an environment thats just honest fear. I dont know who I am right now and Im doing all these things in these settings that Im not familiar with. To me, its the most terrifying thing ever, so when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what Im feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie and he also explained the albums second single Belong to the World, saying, Belong to the World is about falling in love with the wrong person. There are some songs where I talk about the same person, whatever that situation was, I spent the whole album focusing on that situation. He also explained where the title Kiss Land came from, saying, the title came from a conversation that I overheard and those words stuck out. Someone said, Kiss Land and I thought, Thats going to be the title of my album, when I put out everyone was like, What the hell. This is going to be corny and its going to be all lovey-dovey. On July 21,2013, the cover was released. On September 1,2013, the album was made available for streaming on NPR Music
3. Can't Feel My Face – Cant Feel My Face is a song performed by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness. The song was released on June 8,2015 as the single from the album. It was written by Max Martin, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Savan Kotecha and The Weeknd, critics lauded Cant Feel My Face, comparing the sound of the song to the works of Michael Jackson, Rolling Stone ranked it as the best song of 2015. It was also nominated for two Grammy Awards, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, the song experienced commercial success, peaking at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. Cant Feel My Face leaked in late May 2015 and it was officially released on June 8,2015, following a performance by The Weeknd at Apples Worldwide Developers Conference on the same day. The song is composed in the key of A minor and has a tempo of 108 beats per minute, the vocal range spans from E3 to E5. Musically, Alice Vincent of The Daily Telegraph characterised as a synth-laden, upbeat pop song, Cant Feel My Face was lauded by music critics. Brennan Carley of Spin called it pop perfection, a definitive, all-in jam and predicted the song would reach Uptown Funk levels of airplay. Times Esther Zuckerman deemed the song a New Favorite Contender for Song of the Summer, in June 2015, Jason Lipshutz of Billboard named it one of the 10 Best Songs of 2015. Consequence of Sound compared the sound of the song to Michael Jackson, complex wrote, The song has a classic pop feel to it, with The Weeknd channeling a bit of Michael Jackson while crooning over the bouncy, and energetic production from Max Martin. Rolling Stone ranked Cant Feel My Face at number one on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015, village Voice named Cant Feel My Face the third-best single released in 2015 on their annual year-end critics poll, Pazz & Jop. It produced first-week digital sales of 93,000 units and garnered 4.2 million US streams and 38 million airplay audiences. In its third week on the chart, the reached number six on the Hot 100, making it his third top 10 hit. After three weeks at number two, Cant Feel My Face ascended to one on the Hot 100, replacing OMIs Cheerleader. In its third week at one, The Hills reached number two, becoming the first act since The Black Eyed Peas to attain the top two positions on the Hot 100 as a lead artist. The following week, The Hills topped the chart, making The Weeknd the first artist since Taylor Swift to replace themselves at the top spot and it spent nineteen weeks in the charts top ten before dropping out on November 21,2015. As of March 2016, it has sold 2,413,488 copies in the US and it debuted in Australia on June 20 at number 27. It later peaked at two on that chart
4. The Hills (song) – The Hills is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was released on May 27,2015 as the single from his second studio album. The Hills was a success, appearing on several year-end lists. In the singers native Canada, the peaked at number one. In the United States it also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the song also made the top 10 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. It reached the top 20 in Denmark and Sweden while reaching the top 40 in The Netherlands, Norway, a music video for the song was released on May 27,2015. It was directed by Grant Singer, two official remixes of the song features rappers Eminem and Nicki Minaj. The song is written in the key of C minor in common time with a tempo of 113 beats per minute, the vocals in the song span from C4 to E♭6. Producer Illangelo stated ”I’m very optimistic and positive with anything I put my energy towards, so for me, it’s the perfect marriage of that. The Hills received critical acclaim, with most reviewers praising The Weeknds return to form after his pop-oriented direction with Earned It. Brian Mansfield of USA Today noted that when a song takes its hook from a horror film — Wes Cravens 1977 cult classic The Hills Have Eyes — you know theres bound to be trouble and she goes on to trace the songs melodic and lyrical origins to the Ethiopian diaspora. She continues, writing that the familiarity of Tesfaye’s strained vibrato makes him the inheritor of musical legacies that Abyssinia has birthed for generations. Continuing, Phull goes on to say that When it comes to being a Don Juan with a dark side, rolling Stone ranked The Hills at number 11 on its year-end list to find the 50 best songs of 2015. The same magazine also included Earned It and Cant Feel My Face on the same list. Billboard ranked The Hills at number 10 on its year-end list for 2015, Number one hits arent supposed to be this sonically adventurous and dark, theres barely a pop hook to speak of here——just a beguiling, harrowing soundscape thats impossible to forget. Time named The Hills the fifth-best song of 2015, the Village Voice ranked The Hills at number 22 on their annual year-end critics poll, Cant Feel My Face was ranked at number three on the same poll. In the United States, The Hills entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20 for the chart dated June 13,2015, the following week, the single declined by one position but earned the largest gain in streams on the chart. The Hills spent six weeks at number one before being replaced by Adeles Hello on the issue dated of November 14,2015
5. Kiss Land (song) – Kiss Land is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd, from his debut studio album Kiss Land. It was released on May 17,2013 by XO and Republic Records, upon its release, it received critical acclaim from music critics, who appreciated the progression from his earlier works. Although it was assumed to have been the lead single. On June 25,2013, a month later the video was released, featuring adult actresses London Keyes, Asphyxia Noir. It is considered NSFW due to the explicit content, but a censored version was released as well. In 2011, The Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, the following year, he released the compilation album Trilogy, which contained his earlier projects with three newly recorded tracks. The Weeknd began work on his studio album Kiss Land in 2013, he revealed the title. The song was co-produced by DannyBoyStyles, The Weeknd himself and Jason DaHeala Quenneville and it is divided into two musical portions, the first section discusses themes of sex, while the latter half addresses the topics of alcoholism. Upon its release, Kiss Land was met with acclaim from music critics, lauren Nostro from Complex complimented The Weeknds growth as an artist, noting that he continually refines his defined aesthetic, and noted that the track boasts a bridge. Global Grinds Brittany Lewis described the song as hypnotic, while Carl Williott of Idolator thought that the use of a womans scream brought a sinister lothario thing to absurd new heights
6. Often – Often is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. The track was released on July 31,2014 as the first single from his studio album. The song reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 69 on the Canadian Hot 100, the song samples the song Ben Sana Vurgunum sung by the Turkish singer Nükhet Duru. In the United States, Often reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100, in Norway, it reached number 12. Often received critical acclaim, with critics praising The Weeknds performance on the track, the song won two awards at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards, Video of the Year and Best Director. The official remix features verses by Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q. A music video for Often was released on 21 August 2014 and it is his fifth most watched video, following The Hills, Cant Feel My Face, Starboy and Earned It, respectively. Since May 2013, RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads
7. The Weeknd – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name The Weeknd and he released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and it was released under Republic Records and his own label XO. In 2013, he released his studio album Kiss Land. The songs have held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this. The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards and nine Juno Awards, in September 2016, the release of the third album Starboy was announced along with the release of the title track single Starboy, which subsequently reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born on 16 February 1990, in Scarborough, Ontario and he is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian migrants to Canada in the 1980s. He was raised in Scarborough, a neighborhood within the city. During his youth, his mother would work several jobs to support the family, often as a nurse and caterer, while also attending night school. His father later abandoned the family, prompting his grandmother to take care for him and his paternal cousin Issam Nazar. This allowed him to become fluent in Amharic, with the Semitic language acting as his first language and she would also take him to services at an Ethiopian Orthodox church. He started smoking marijuana at age 11, and later moved on to hard drugs, describing his teenage years as KIDS without the AIDS, he would shoplift from the local supermarket with his cousin Issam, and began using MDMA, Xanax, cocaine, psilocybin and ketamine. He attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, the spelling was modified to avoid trademark issues with the Canadian band The Weekend. Tesfaye met producer Jeremy Rose, who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project called The Weeknd. After trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyled over it, and they began working on an album. He produced three songs – What You Need, Loft Music, and The Morning – and others that Tesfaye rapped on, Rose let Tesfaye keep the tracks he had produced under the condition that he would ultimately be credited for them. However, in December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded What You Need, Loft Music and The Morning to YouTube under the name The Weeknd, though his identity was initially unknown. The songs drew attention online through word of mouth, including a blog featuring the songs posted by rapper Drake and they subsequently received coverage from outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The New York Times
8. Twenty Eight (song) – Twenty Eight is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was recorded at Site Sound Studios and mixed at Liberty Studios in Toronto, producer Doc McKinney and Illangelo co-wrote the song and performed all instrumentation. The song was one of three tracks included at the end of each of the compilations discs from The Weeknds 2012 album Trilogy. The song was released as the single for the album, released as a digital single on December 10,2012, by XO. Credits adapted from liner notes for Trilogy, the Weeknd – composer, primary artist Doc McKinney – composer, instrumentation, producer Carlo Illangelo Montagnese – composer, instrumentation, mixing, producer
9. Wicked Games – Wicked Games is the debut single by Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was recorded at Site Sound Studios and mixed at Liberty Studios in Toronto, producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo co-wrote the song and performed all instrumentation. Originally recorded for The Weeknds 2011 mixtape House of Balloons, the song was remastered and released as the single for his 2012 album Trilogy. It was released as a single on October 22,2012, by XO. Upon release, the single received acclaim from music critics. On May 9,2013, Wicked Games was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The music video for Wicked Games premiered on October 18,2012 on The Weeknds YouTube account on Vevo, since its release, the music video has received over 90 million views on YouTube. Credits adapted from liner notes for Trilogy
10. The Zone (The Weeknd song) – Thursday is the second mixtape by Canadian singer The Weeknd, independently released on August 19,2011. It follows his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut mixtape House of Balloons and its music incorporates downtempo, dubstep, dream pop, hip hop, rock and reggae styles. As with his previous works, Canadian record producers Doc McKinney, Young Money artist Drake contributes guest vocals to the track The Zone. Thursday received generally positive reviews critics, who drew comparisons to House of Balloons. Rolling Stone and The Birds Part 1 were released as singles to precede the mixtapes release. Thursday was later remastered and packaged with The Weeknds compilation album Trilogy, Thursday received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications. Club said, Its a rare songwriter who can craft music thats so repellent yet also so irresistible, alex Young of Consequence of Sound said, Despite the ridiculously high highs of this album, it fails to maintain a great pace throughout. It struggles back and forth between good and great, whereas its foregoer grabbed great by the balls on the first track and never let go. Benjamin Boles of Now said, Its not quite perfect, his voice is the star of the show but is buried under the clever beats. But thats a small complaint about someone whos looking more and more one of the most exciting artists to emerge this year. Brandon Soderberg of Pitchfork said, Though theres less breathing space on Thursday, BBC Musics Mike Diver made a positive review, saying, File him beside Frank Ocean as an R&B star set to climb to new heights in 2012. Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine wrote, The Weeknd is in command of his craft. Hes earned my trust, as would any other artist who had released two of the years best albums. Tyler Fisher of Sputnikmusic said, Listening to something like Thursday is the form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for. Thats a quality that should be celebrated, not criticized for its lack of immediate pleasure, jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave a mixed review, commenting, While its refreshing to hear an R&B singer emphasizing the psychic toll of libertinism, his angst sex grows tiresome. Once in a while, cant this dude just get laid, all songs were produced by Doc McKinney and Illangelo. Sample credits The Birds Part 2 samples Sandpaper Kisses performed by Martina Topley-Bird