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“The Weeknd” Emerging As One of 2011’s Top New Talents

May 31, 2011

By: Jeremy Baskett

R&B has always been a genre of music that I considered “love making” music. Constantly filled with fables of wishing a past love coming back, a soul out-pour towards a current fling, and just love, love, love in general. The genre, to me, has always just felt a little too generalized, to the point where I know what to expect when listening to R&B tracks. This is the main reason I’ve strayed away from this music. With that being said, I now have a whole new excitement level for this lost genre.

Abel Tesfaye is catching the ears of industry giants with his sensual production under the moniker "The Weeknd."

Abel Tesfaye, who coins himself as “The Weeknd”, has only been releasing music since late 2010 has already started to blow up. His debut mixtape, House of Balloons, was self-released only 2 months ago, which was and still is completely free on his website. The album is now getting some well-received play through some big names. Degrassi actor turned rapper Drake has recently been spotted posting The Weeknd’s lyrics on his Twitter page. The popular HBO series “Entourage” has also picked up one track, “High For This,” as part of their latest promo commercial.

Skeptics, I ask you to think again. This isn’t you’re typical R&B clatter. Rather than tales of love, hardly rich one night stands and heaping loads of drugs, The Weeknd delivers smooth beats to samples you’ll find yourself suprisingly familiar with. His title track, “House of Balloons” samples Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Happy House”, which is my pick for one of the best songs on the album. He also samples Beach House’s “Master of None” in his “The Party & The After Party.” Check out this amazing fan video below and fall in love with this new R&B sensation, who is surely going to explode soon.

<iframe src=”;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”″>The Weeknd – The Morning (music video)</a> from <a href=”″>High Five Collective</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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