Music for love-making sounds so much sweeter when it’s backed by the burly (if not blood-stained) hands of a major record label, doesn’t it? Don’t answer that — just assume that’s the case for the sake of this particular article, okay?
In this instance, the envoy of said music-for-love-making is Abel Tesfaye a.k.a. The Weeknd, who, last year, almost single-handedly inspired flashbacks to the 90s, when traditional R&B artists actually enjoyed sustained popularity. The Weeknd’s three albums/mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday (TMT Review), and Echoes of Silence, all received a rather astounding degree of attention — astounding not because they were undeserving, but because they were all limited to digital downloads via The Weeknd’s website.
Naturally, that kind of musical appeal doesn’t often go unnoticed, which is why The Weeknd has since signed with Universal Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Just announced, his first release on the label will be the aptly-named Trilogy, which will include mixed and mastered versions of all of the aforementioned mixtapes, alongside unreleased material. It comes out November 13, which is just in time for some Thanksgiving ugly bumpin’. And no, I most definitely do not mean with the turkey. Sickos.