Congrats are in order for The Weeknd, who has taken the next step in his career, both with an evolved sound and also numerically with the new album, Kiss Land. His album debuted at #2, narrowly behind Keith Urban's Fuse with the rounded figures coming to 98K vs. 95K. 2 Chainz debuted at #3 with his new album, Boats II: Me Time, pulling in 63K (highly shy of his 147K debut with Based On A T.R.U. Story, but the general album sales decline in between is part the cause there). Janelle Monae's Electric Lady came in at #5 with 47K sold — her first top 10 debut (I feel like more people should be buying this!)
My favorite album of the flurry that has been released these past couple months is turning out to be Kiss Land. Be sure to cop this if you've even been a casual fan of The Weeknd up until this point. Rounding the post out is an #InstaVideo of Drake congratulating The Weeknd on the new album.
The Weeknd made his American television debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live with the new album, Kiss Land, also impacting the other day. Above he put the spotlight on "Pretty", a song that translates especially well with the live band, namely the guitars and the drums. Notice how The Weeknd remains stationary until about three minutes in when he lets loose a little bit along with the band. I was ready for another song after this... and we might actually have that as an update, as usually JKL posts two songs. At posting time, we just have "Pretty".
I'd also like to note how I can say enough good things about Kiss Land. Since its official stream a week before the album, it's been my go to late night and work mode playlist. From beginning to end, there's not a dull moment, except for ironically the title track, which I've listened to long enough to say that one drags a little bit too long for me. Aside from that, I love the tone established from the start and the overall evolution of The Weeknd's signature sound. It really jumped to the next level and there are plenty of moments in the album that remind me of the G.O.A.T., MJ (see: "Wanderlust"). Definitely a must-cop, especially with today's announcement that he'll be signing your physical copy after every show of his ongoing tour. Here's a glimpse at what's in store.
UPDATE: As predicted, here's the second performance on JKL from The Weeknd as he went with one of his most well-known songs, and the intro track to his first mixtape, House of Balloons. I'm of course talking about "High For This".
As a bonus as well, The Weeknd candidly answered some fan questions during his AMA on Reddit earlier today. A fun scroll-thru as well.
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"High For This"
UPDATE 2: The Weeknd also performed two of my faves, both new and old: "Professional" and "Wicked Games".
The Weeknd just posted this cool video of the making of a graffiti art piece in prime pedestrian location at Six Corners in our hometown's Wicker Park neighborhood. Considering I'm a sucker for the creative process, live art, and time lapses, I thoroughly enjoyed this promo for Kiss Land. On top of that, one of my favorite cuts from the album, "Wanderlust" (the Pharrell version), acts as the audio backdrop to the quick 1.5 minute spot. Press play above and be sure to cop that Kiss Land album in one more day: September 10th.
The Weeknd unveiled two new promos for his upcoming album, Kiss Land, due out this time next week. Above, he links up with Revolt TV for an interesting new "commercial", which is done to continue his Japanese themed aesthetic and also features some rather interesting subliminal messages to keep an eye out for.
He also left a phone message to his fans as a creative way to communicate with them. He lists a phone number above and below for fans to call and possibly reach the Toronto singer. The most notable part of his message to fans is the headline: The Weeknd says he was once homeless. Catch it in the beginning as you press play below.
Can't wait til September 10th for Kiss Land? Well, you're in luck because The Weeknd just unveiled the full album for free streaming via NPR above and you can hear all 10 tracks before it hits stores. I'm looking forward to sitting down with this one, as a fan of all of the previews except ironically the title track which wore out on me pretty fast (that means "Live For" featuring Drake, "Belong To The World", and "Love In The Sky" are all *Tibs Faves.) Without further ado, press play and hear for yourself!