The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has been creating hits for years now. I first really started listening to The Weeknd when his haunting, hit song, “The Hills” came out. I mean – that song would be on repeat during all of 2015. It’s especially relatable for people who have battled addiction and people involved in infidelity. I love the haunting yet relatable lyrics and sound. The Weeknd makes use of a powerful baseline in his music. His music ranges from hip hop, pop, all the way to powerful ballads reaching the highest and lowest of notes.
In September 2017, I was lucky to be able to go see The Weeknd ft. Gucci Mane at TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics) with one of my best friends and my boyfriend! It was so fun and luckily the commute from Rhode Island came with minimal trouble.
He went on tour to promote his hit album, Starboy. I absolutely love this album and I think it’s truly a work of art. My favorite songs on the album are “Reminder”, “Party Monster”, and of course “Starboy”. I love his songs, because they have a haunting and powerful vibe (not to mention a KILLER base). He talks about things that people can relate to: depression, relationships turmoil, drugs, alcohol. His voice sounds just like Michael Jackson. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never confused The Weeknd for Michael Jackson.
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The music video for Starboy is so captivating. It starts off with Abel as his new, “starboy” self. He is sitting across a room from his older look with his trademark (crazy) hairstyle he had. It then shows him killing his former self but suffocation with a plastic bag. He wears a mask and then takes it off and the song begins…
So much symbolism in this video, I tell ya. Scroll down and click on the link to view!
STARBOY – Music video
The concert was packed. I even bonded for two seconds with people who were just really there for Gucci. My response, “hell yes, Gucci’s the man!” NAV, a Canadian rapper, was the opening act. Gucci Mane came on-stage next and I’m a fan of SOME of his material, like the song Both and several songs he is featured on as well. I loved seeing Gucci, but was anxiously anticipating The Weeknd’s arrival. Soon enough he came on stage and suddenly lights were flashing and something was moving. I realized the stage was shaped like a Rocket ship and it was moving down . He played all of his hit songs, and if you’re thinking that I FLIPPED OUT when he sang “The Hills” from his previous album – you would be so right!
It was such a fun time! Go to ticket websites like Stubhub for the best deals on concerts! That’s my best advice for paying for them in a cost-effective way.
Now…time to listen to his new album: My Dear Melancholy. If you’re an avid social media user and/or follow celebrities, you probably know that The Weeknd and Selena Gomez broke up. In his new song, “Call Out My Name”, he seems to reference their relationship. This, of course, is all speculation.
“I almost cut a piece of myself for your life/Guess I was just another pit stop/’Til you made up your mind” – Wow. People think he is referencing to that time Selena had a transplant due to her battle with Lupus. Her best friend ended up donating her organ to Selena. The last part can possibly refer to Selena going back into the arms of her former hot fling, Justin Beiber…
Well, whatever the truth is, as long as The Weeknd is putting out good music I guess we can’t complain.
Have you seen any cool artists in concert? Tell me about them in the comments!