With the teaser and behind the scenes videos helping the buzz for this collab, "Gifted" can finally be heard in full a week prior to the release of Excuse My French. The Weeknd kills it for a track that feels like it was made just for him. French's last verse is an entertaining one that features a ton of famous people references. It gets repetitive, but I can't knock that I was lookin' forward to the next line. Pretty solid single that I think the casual listener will enjoy.
How so you may ask? In classic Weeknd fashion. With a cryptic photo posted to his Twiter, seen below. It wouldn't be smart to wait long for another album. And this is a good sign that the process is already in motion. Weeknd fans, get ready!
The official numbers are in and it's slightly lower than last week's projection. The Weeknd's debut album, Trilogy, debuts at #4 on the charts with 90K sold. Still quite solid for an album that featured 3 brand new tracks.
With The Weeknd's debut release of Trilogy yesterday, HDD is predicting a strong first week of sales for the Toronto singer - in the ballpark of 95-105K. This is especially impressive since 27 of the 30 tracks on the 3 CD project have been released already (in the form of Weeknd's transformative mixtapes in 2011-12.)
Yesterday I was asked at the office if I thought The Weeknd would become a mainstream star. The short answer: yes. Depending on your scope even, he already is. My point is that I definitely see The Weeknd growing into more of the mainstream consciousness as he continues to tour, collab, and put out more music. However you view it, it's hard to argue against the promising mix of quality and quantity of music that has launched The Weeknd into the strong debut release of Trilogy.