The Weeknd - What Are His 10 Best Moments?
Abel Tesfaye, who you’ll all know better as The Weeknd, has accomplished quite a lot in his 28 years. Since he made his name with 2011’s House Of Balloons mixtape, he’s grown from a reclusive bedroom producer into a bona fide R’n’B superstar, selling over four million albums and scoring collaborations with everyone from Drake to Daft Punk.
He returns this week with My Dear Melancholy (you can purchase it on the right-hand side of the page), a new six-track EP. French techno artist Gesaffelstein guests on a number of tracks, while Mike Will Made It, Skrillex and Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo all contribute production.
As the EP arrives on shelves, we thought we’d take stock, look through his solo work, production and collaborations and present his 10 best moments so far...
10. ‘Live For’
One of The Weeknd’s many hook-ups with fellow Canadian Drake, this one was a big favourite from his debut album proper Kiss Land. This starts out as a stripped back number, but jolts into a distorted stomper, complete with a killer verse from Drake.
This is a cut from one of Tesfaye’s early mixtapes, but it’s still up there with his best work. Tumbling heavy percussion and crooning vocals are not the easiest things to work into a track, but it certainly works here.
8. ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
It’s easy to hear why the second single from Beauty Behind The Madness has already shifted over one and a half million copies worldwide, it’s groovy as hell.
7. ‘Odd Look’
This is his collaboration with Kavinsky, them of ‘Night Call’ from the Drive soundtrack fame, it’s everything you’d expect from that combination, pulsing electronica, icy synths and The Weeknd’s vocals sat wonderfully on top.
The lead-off single on the album of the same name, this is Tesfaye collaborating with Daft Punk as he grapples with fame in the funkiest way possible.
5. 'I Feel It Coming'
The other highlight was Starboy is this slinky, Michael Jackson esque delight, all bubbly synths and gorgeous falsetto.
A gem from Beauty Behind The Madness, this is a dark haunting duet with Labrinth, bound up with a bouncy piano.
3. ‘Love Me Harder’
The highlight of Ariana Grande’s debut album My Everything, this might be her song, but it owes a lot more to The Weeknd. A smoky groove, shimmering production and a beautiful blend of The Weeknd’s husky delivery and Grande’s sugary sweet pop, it’s a total triumph.
2. ‘Crew Love’
Drake’s 2011 breakthrough LP Take Care is packed with hits, but this is by far the best thing on it. It’s a strange song, but utterly captivating. Jagged beats, shimmery electronics, one of Drake’s most melancholic raps and a glorious verse from The Weeknd about the perils of fame. It’s odd, very odd, but absolutely brilliant.
1. ‘Wicked Games’
Originally recorded for his 2011 mixtape House of Balloons, this was then polished up and released as the lead single for his 2012 album of sorts Trilogy, this was most people’s first taste of The Weeknd and it’s still one of his best moments. Skittery beats, a menacing bassline, topped off with Tesfaye’s soaring vocals and stories of long gone wrong. Glorious.