The Weeknd

US Top 10 Singles: October 24th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 12, 2015

I thought The Weeknd was pretty darn good on SNL with Nicki Minaj, and listening to “The Hills” remixes, one with Nicki the other with, ta dah, Eminem, I must admit to really loving both of them. There is always gonna be a problem with diminishing returns here, a verse to a beat and out, but the song itself is one of the best and the two supestars bring, if not their “A” game. absolutely their “B-” game. And they do it at Abel’s tempo.

I Heart Radio Announce The Line Up For The MSG Z-100 Jingle Ball Gig 12-11-15

By Iman Lababedi | October 5, 2015

Let’s see who we got right… Not many people though that is more their fault than mine. NIck Jonas, who they’d already announced, The Weeknd and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Of which The Weeknd is a must see which is why I am already seeing him. in a couple of weeks.

The Best of 2015: rock nyc Best Songs In Order And Reviewed Through September 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2015

The Hills – The Weeknd – The first song off the new album to seriously catch my attention, it is a sex driven disaster area with a shifting tempo to better describe the high as hell, marijuana wafting sex on the sheets sound. A clear cut masterpiece which improves the ore you listen to it.

US Top 10 Singles 10-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | September 28, 2015

Blame Canada! The Top Four Songs are all Canadians and I gotta go along with Trump here, let’s build a huge wall around the top five songs on the Hot 100 and only allow US artists in. Untill then, is anybody aware of this happening? I mean, the UK we know, but CANADA?

US Top 10 Albums 10-3-15

By Iman Lababedi | September 21, 2015

Billboard posted the chart at 920p, on Sunday night, just in case anybody who was waiting for it all day could be absolutely certain to miss it. Is there anything more volatile than the US album charts: a handful of huge hits, Taylor, Luke, Ed and now the Weeknd (third week at # 1, or as Billboard insist upon calling it “the penthouse”) and then six hit em and run. Gary? He sold 27L units and 27K equivalent units begging an answer to the musical question: is Billboard’s algorithm screwed?

US Top 10 Singles 9-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | September 14, 2015

What is it with the singles charts? It’s like watching paint dry, a tiny move at the top (Bieber drops to third, the two Weeknd’s move up a peg) and Ed has his third hit off X… you remember X, it dropped FIFTEEN MONTHS AGO. It might well be a bitch to get anything to hit big in the music world of 2015 but if it does -watch out, folks, because nothing else has moved an inch. Meanwhile, expect nothing but the weekend for months to come.

2015: The Summer Neo Soul Ruled

By Iman Lababedi | September 7, 2015

the three neo soul albums, one in the second month of the season, and two as the season bows out, made a case for this being the summer where neo soul got important

The Best of 2015: rock nyc Best Songs In Order And Reviewed Through August 31st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2015

Tell Your Friends – The Weeknd – I love the intro, it kinda shudders in and than Abel does broad and swift and small and minor brushstrokes in a self portrait that sounds like two parts deduction with a chorus that doesn’t soar it more likes shakes on the beat.

The Best Of 2015: Songs Through August 31st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 31, 2015

Sure, this is all over the damn place but that’s because there is no centrifugal force in pop, it is all on the fringes with pop EDM , country and hip hop vying for the charts and EDM winning by a hair. Later on I’ll figure favorites among the favorites but in pure pop for now people form? The Weeknd is unbeatable.

The Weeknd And Lana Del Rey’s New Collaboration “The Prisoner” -Hear It Here

By Iman Lababedi | August 22, 2015

That’s the thing about this brave new pop moment, if I don’t l like “High On The Beach”. all I have to do is wait a minute and here Lana Del Rey comes around again with a song to take the nasty taste out of my mouth.

The Weeknd Starts Here: Playing MSG And Barclay Center, November 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 20, 2015

I haven’t seen the Weeknd since… well actually since July when he performed a song at Taylor Swift’s Metlife gig. But I haven’t seen him perform a set since he opened for Justin Timberlake in 2013 and while truth be told, there is no way I am going to Jones Beach this weekend for a half hour set, these concert at MSG and Barclay Center?

US Top 10 Singles 8-29-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 18, 2015

Why has Miguel not hit pop yet? I like the Weeknd fine, and I’ve seen both Miguel and the Weeknd live on stage and the Weeknd was much better. However, Wild Heart is a great album and I really surprised it had no traction. I’ll take “The valley” over “The Hills” and I actually really like “The Hills”.

Singles Going Steady: New Singles For The Week Of May 25th, 2015 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2015

The Hills – The Weeknd – The one time I saw this guy live I was impressed, less a DJ then a soul man, and this soulful come on, trying to get her out of the Friend zone, is yet another gorgeous neo-R&B track , it clicks nicely and is as good as anything he has ever done- A-

UK Top 10 Singles Week Of 2-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 16, 2015

ot the greatest charts you’ll ever see but you can’t have everything, what it lacks in bang zoom it makes up with the Weeknd inching its way up the charts with the best 50 Shades track. Otherwise, the UK is reading more like the US charts every day, the only oddity here is Ella.

US Top 10 Singles 11-22-14

By Iman Lababedi | November 13, 2014

The one time I saw The Weeknd live, I was shocked at how lively he was, the poster boy for dark and moody new r&b once he hit the stage simply wasn’t any more. The one time I saw Ariana on stage, she was the pits. Put em together and you have a mediocre but popular song.

That Was The Week Of 11-8-13 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | November 11, 2013

Luscious Jackson made a welcome return to the fray with an album that is shockingly wonderful and fun. The 1990s indie band reformed in 2011 and just released their first new album and it is really great. I know I’m gonna forget about it but I hope you don’t.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 11-10-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2013

Wicked Games – The Weeknd – The sound of modern r&b is a slo mo dub step droopiness that the youngsters seem to dig today, if it had a better melody maybe I’d agree that this production star is big time – C+