The Weeknd And The Ugliness Behind The Madness
Everyone loves the weekend!
According to some, the weekend is what everyone is working for.
But what about The Weeknd?
In other words…
…Does everyone love alternative R&B superstar Abel Tesfaye?
The Canadian singer-songwriter, and friend of Drake, is better known by his moniker “The Weeknd.”
There’s a lot to love about the crooner who, in half a decade, has gone from unknown to mega music superstar.
Later in the article, you’ll read some reasons not to love the “nd” of the week.
The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, just went to the top spot on the Billboard 200. It’s the artist’s first number one platter.
In its first week of sales, The Weeknd’s sophomore effort moved more than 326,000 units. That’s the second best week of sales for 2015.
Only his buddy Drake has pushed more LPs in seven days’ time. Back in February, Drizzy’s If You’re reading This, It’s Too Late notched 495,000 in sales.
Other Recent Accomplishments
Philadelphia’s Made in America 2015 saw The Weeknd in concert . Tesfaye closed out the Budweiser-sponsored festival on Sept. 7 with an amazing set that garnered a bevy of rave reviews.
Also, he recently starred in an Apple Music commercial and tore the house down at the 2015 MTV VMAs—he performed “Can't Feel My Face.”
Ugly Behind The Madness
The Weeknd’s music—anchored by his indelible kind-of-reminds-you-of-Michael-Jackson’s voice— provide plenty of reasons to love and adore him.
There is, however, a dark-side to The Weeknd. A side that’s as unlikable as the boss calling you into work on a Saturday or any event that makes you set your alarm clock on a Sunday.
If you love The Weeknd, and don’t want to know anything negative about your hero, then STOP READING! Your opinion of him WILL BE tarnished.
Instead, just send a link of this article to a friend and have them read it for you. The following contents will go over much smoother coming from a loved one.
We write this warning because what comes next isn’t opinion but the cold, hard truth about The Weeknd.
Start of The Weeknd
The Weeknd got his start after uploading three tracks to YouTube: “What You Need,” “Loft Music,” and “The Morning.” The uploads created a tremendous buzz and even attracted the attention of Drake.
Before you knew it, The Weeknd was the next big thing in music.
A Rose By Any Other Name
The aforementioned three tracks contained production by Jeremy Rose. They were all for “a dark R&B project” Rose had created and who Tesfaye was tapped to collaborate.
Rose also produced half of “The Party & the After Party,” a track found on the artist’s first mixtape, House of Balloons.
Now, get this…
…the sound we now associate with Tesfaye (The Weeknd) was actually Rose’s.
“When I met him I heard some of the stuff that he was doing. It was called the Noise. Remember that? It came out after he broke. It was this group, with him and another producer and it was called the Noise. They were a straight kind of R&B, just really light and kind of candlelight…” — Jeremy Rose
Rose also notes that at this time Tesfaye’s lyrics started to change. He had been writing a lot of raps and they weren’t nearly as “descriptive” as they are now.
The Third E
Tesfaye and Rose were actually a duo who recorded under the name The Weekend. The third “e” dropped after they split (also, there is another Canadian band named The Weekend).
Their friendship and partnership quickly deteriorated. Rose felt like his opinions and creative energies were being ignored.
After they decided to dissolve the band, Tesfaye had the gall to ask Rose if he would be his producer.
Rose responded by asking to be paid. It was immediately clear to Rose that the artist had no intention of ever paying him.
“That’s why I backed out. I was like, “You can have those three or four tracks, I’ll give you the stems, just take ’em, but I don’t want to work with you anymore.” I was really congenial about it, but I told him, “Just make sure that you give me credit,” and that’s where things went sour.” —Jeremy Rose
Tesfaye has never given Rose credit. He also never paid him.
We’re not saying Rose is responsible for The Weeknd playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits, but clearly he had an influence on the singer.
And who knows what would have happened had Tesfaye not met and collaborated with Rose? Things could have turned out much differently.
Therefore, Rose deserves to be artistically referenced and financially rewarded for his contributions to Tesfaye’s career.
The Weeknd’s video to his smash hit “Can’t Feel My Face” has been charged with plagiarizing an unreleased video by the indie band Majical Cloudz.
Even though the Majical Cloudz video was shelved, its director, Mitch Moore, has accused “Can’t Feel My Face” director, Grant Singer, of nicking his idea.
As Moore puts it “the resemblance is too uncanny.”
The band Majical Cloudz is distancing themselves from the controversy.
Of course they are!
It’s a wise business move designed to maintain a future working relationship with The Weeknd.
If you’re a musician you’d rather burn a bridge with a movie director then burn a bridge with one of the hottest singers on the planet.
Mum’s the Word
It would be nice for The Weeknd to comment on why his music video is plagiarized but he won’t. The Weeknd doesn’t do traditional interviews.
A man of few words, the Weeknd basically communicates through social networks.
One has to ask if this is organic or orchestrated. With all the controversy surrounding the Canadian R&B star it’s sure convenient that he doesn’t speak to the press.
This might have nothing to do with the The Weeknd but it still leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
The Weeknd used to have “xo” as part of his Twitter handle and “XO” is the name of his own record label.
Most people believe “xo” stands for “a kiss and a hug.” Unfortunately, more think it stands for ecstasy and OxyContin.
Does everything in popular music have to be drug related?
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