Starboy The Weeknd
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- 2Party Monster04:09
- 3False Alarm03:40
- 7True Colors03:26
- 8Stargirl Interlude01:52
- 10Six Feet Under03:58
- 11Love To Lay03:43
- 12A Lonely Night03:40
- 14Ordinary Life03:42
- 15Nothing Without You03:19
- 16All I Know05:21
- 17Die For You04:20
- 18I Feel It Coming04:29
Info for Starboy
Third studio album from the Canadian artist. Featuring the singles 'Starboy', 'I Feel It Coming' and 'Party Monster', this release debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #5.
The Weeknd s last album, 2015 s Beauty Behind The Madness recently received an RIAA triple-platinum certification for cumulative sales in excess of 3 million. Off one album, he received 16 RIAA certifications from tracks alone with The Hills [7x-platinum], Can t Feel My Face [5x-platinum], Often [2x-platinum], In The Night [platinum], and Acquainted [platinum]. Upon its debut, the record held #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for three consecutive weeks. Throughout this incredible journey, THE WEEKND became the First Male to Simultaneously Top Billboard s Hot 100, Top 200, and Artist 100, the First Artist to Ever Simultaneously Hold Top 3 Slots on Billboard s R&B Chart, and the First Artist Ever Recorded By Mediabase to Cross 300 Million in Audience Within One Week.
The album proved ubiquitous at radio. Can t Feel My Face peaked at #1 on Top 40, reaching an audience of 4.19 Billion. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) also went to #1, playing to an audience of 4.2 Billion, while The Hills landed at #2 and hit an audience of 3.69 Billion. Cumulatively, the audience exceeds 14.6 Billion-plus for songs from Beauty Behind The Madness.
Fans, critics, and the industry at large have recognized this inimitable talent. He took home two GRAMMY Awards® [ Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind The Madness and Best R&B Performance for Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) ] out of seven nominations. He won eight Billboard Music Awards including Top 100 Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind The Madness, Top R&B Song for The Hills, Top Song Sales, Top Radio Songs, Top Streaming Songs, and Top Streaming Song (Audio) for The Hills. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) even garnered THE WEEKND his first ever Academy Award® nomination in the category of Best Original Song.
„The extent of the 2015 Weeknd commercial rebound, symbolized by platinum certifications for Beauty Behind the Madness and all four of its singles, didn't merely embolden Abel Tesfaye. On this follow-up's fourth track, a blithe midtempo cut where Tesfaye takes a swipe at pretenders while boasting about drinking codeine out of one of his trophies, the level of success is a source of amusement. He notes the absurdity in taking a "kids' show" award for "Can't Feel My Face," in which he was "talkin' 'bout a face numbin' off a bag of blow." The track actually lost to Adele's "Hello," but it clearly, somewhat comically, reached an unintended demographic. It comes as no surprise that Tesfaye, on his third proper album, doesn't attempt to optimize the reach of his biggest hit by consciously targeting youngsters. He sings of being a "Starboy" with access to a fleet of sports cars, but he's a "motherfuckin' starboy," one who is 26 years old and proud to observe his woman snort cocaine off his fancy table. While Starboy often reflects an increased opulence in the personal and professional aspects of Tesfaye's life -- from more upscale pronouns to expensive collaborations with the likes of Daft Punk (two) and "Can't Feel My Face" producers Max Martin and Ali Payami (four) -- the dark moments of vulnerability are pitch black. Lines like "I switch up my cup, I kill any pain" could have come from Tesfaye's mixtape debut, yet there are new levels of torment. In "Ordinary Life," he considers driving off a Mulholland Drive cliff, James Dean style, wishing he could swap everything for angel status. It's followed with "Nothing Without You," a ballad of toxic dysfunction. He asks his lover if she'd feel guilty for not answering his call if he happened to die that night. It's not all dread and depravity. There's some sense of joy in a one-night stand, and an echo of "Say Say Say" Michael Jackson, on the Luomo-ish house track "Rockin'." Contrition is shown in the slick retro-modern disco-funk of "A Lonely Night." Ironically enough, in the aching "True Colors," Tesfaye sounds a little insecure about a lover's past. The album's lighter, comparatively sweeter parts -- the Tears for Fears-sampling/Romantics-referencing "Secrets" and the breezy and only slightly devilish "I Feel It Coming" among them -- are all welcome highlights. At 18 tracks, the album is a "contracted edition" playlist toolkit. The songwriting credits list just under 40 composers, and the productions -- the majority of which involve Doc McKinney and/or Cirkut, low-lighted by maneater dance-punk dud "False Alarm" -- are roughly as variable in style as they are in quality. When pared down to its ten best songs, Starboy sounds like Tesfaye's most accomplished work.“ (Andy Kellman, AMG)
who performs under the moniker The Weeknd, emerged shouded in mystery in 2012, when he uploaded three tracks to YouTube that picked up near-immediate buzz -- despite the fact that nothing was known about the artist who posted them.
The tracks eventually got the attention of fellow Toronto artist Drake, who linked to the songs via his blog. Before the year was out, the songs were getting great write-ups on the music-hipster bible Pitchfork and in The New York Times.
The Weeknd followed up the next year with three mixtapes -- House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echos of Silence-- that served to further ramp up his profile. In the midst of the critical kudos, he made his first concert performances, including collaborations with Drake. The three mixtapes eventually became the first Weeknd album, 2011's Trilogy.
The Weeknd's sound has been described as hipster R&B (or PBR&B to some), and his tracks have sampled a huge range of artists from indie-rockers Beach House to R&B megastar Rihanna. His slow grooves and falsetto croon create a beautiful and sometimes creepy backdrop for what are often sexually-charged lyrics.
On tour, Tesfaye re-creates his recorded music with the help of some live backing musicians and usually can be counted on to bring an eye-popping light show. Fans consistently give Tesfaye kudos for the quality and depth of his live vocals.
The Weeknd seems a natural onstage, even when the stages he's playing are huge. Hard to believe that his 2013 album, Kiss Land, was just his second.
Though his star continues to rise, he's remained a enigmatic figure who avoids magazine and TV interviews. Fans basically have three ways to get to know him better: listen to his music, read his Twitter feed or pick up some tickets and see him in concert.
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