It was not long before artist The Weeknd became an immediate sensation when his music emerged on the social media scene around 2010. With the public support of rapper Drake, the singer’s mysterious nature and lusty crooning about love affairs, drugs, and partying instantly stole the attention of many everywhere. “Beauty Behind the Madness” released on August 28,2015 definitely proved itself worthy.
Last week it was number one on the US Billboard 200, with 412,000 unit sales, making it one of the biggest debuts in 2015. The singles being played non-stop on the radio “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Earned It” and “The Hills” have all made it to the top five charts already. The album consists of 14 tracks with features from Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Ray and others.
You can find some classic The Weeknd sounds on this album as well as some new. The Weeknd is still true to his sensual and chill vibes but we are also introduced to a more pop-like sound. Some critics are not a fan of The Weeknd’s new pop direction. Independent.com says, “this is the Weeknd’s most assured assault yet on pop stardom.”
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