The Weeknd

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The Weeknd: Dawn FM review – shimmering pop in extremis
Abel Tesfaye goes to the brink, and back to the 80s, on his most cohesive album yet

Michael Cragg

16, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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FKA twigs: Caprisongs review – wild invention let down by weak songs
Darkness turns to light in Tahliah Barnett’s follow-up to 2019 LP Magdalene but, even so, it’s an adventurous but undercharged effort missing hooks and cohesion

Alexis Petridis

13, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The Weeknd: Dawn FM review – a stunning display of absolute pop prowess
If this is the end for the Weeknd, what a way to bow out. Abel Tesfaye confirms his status as an all-time great with an album of icy 80s-inflected splendour

Alexis Petridis

07, Jan, 2022 @2:29 PM

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The 20 best songs of 2021
We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

29, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights dethrones the Twist as all-time No 1 Billboard single
Blinding Lights was 2020’s biggest song both in terms of sales and size, cementing the Canadian singer’s status as global pop megastar

Samantha Lock

24, Nov, 2021 @3:42 AM

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The Weeknd scores longest-running hit in US chart history
Blinding Lights has spent 88 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, beating the record held since 2014 by Imagine Dragons

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

17, Aug, 2021 @7:58 AM

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The Weeknd: Take My Breath review – an instant disco-pop classic
Abel Tesfaye settles into his imperial phase with a strutting, Moroder-esque track that demonstrates how strong his vocal ability has become

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Aug, 2021 @10:15 AM

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24-hour Covid benefit concert announced with the Weeknd, Billie Eilish and more
Global Citizen Live to span globe with performances by Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, BTS and more, campaigning for famine relief and donation of Covid vaccines

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Jul, 2021 @1:28 PM

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Folk singer Mustafa: ‘I’m trying to preserve the memories of young Black Muslims’
The poet, a songwriter for artists including the Weeknd, explains how music helped him explore the loss of friends to inner-city violence: ‘Sorrow is meant to be experienced and felt’

Aina J Khan

02, Jun, 2021 @1:30 PM

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2021’s Brit awards showed pop can have it all: success, quality and diversity
The industry acknowledged megastars but didn’t solely reward commercial success, and is finally nurturing more than a small handful of female artists

Alexis Petridis

12, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Brit awards 2021: every performance reviewed, from Coldplay to Arlo Parks
From Coldplay’s opening spectacular on the Thames to Rag’n’Bone Man movingly performing with an NHS choir, we rate all of this year’s live performances

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

11, May, 2021 @10:52 PM

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Brit awards 2021: the ceremony as it happened, with Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and more
Dua Lipa, the Weeknd, Elton John and more performed at the biggest night in British music to an indoor crowd of thousands of key workers

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

11, May, 2021 @9:38 PM

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