You know how the velvet-voiced, self-made gothic R&B sensation The Weeknd has been tweeting/facebooking incessantly all year about THE TRILOGY, his impressive trio of 2011 mixtapes that he’s been promising to remaster and re-release at some point in 2012?
Hang on to your hats, kids, because he’s not doing it on his own. In a just-issued press release, The Weeknd and his XO crew announced that they’ve partnered with Republic Records, a subsidary of Universal Music Group, and that Republic will be releasing THE TRILOGY (all caps are necessary because, come on, it’s THE TRILOGY) “in-stores and online” on November 13th.
Welcome to the O Music Awards guest writer series, a place where we hand the proverbial reins over to qualified writers/musicians/etc and let them share their thoughts about music, technology and more. Today’s guest blogger is Russ Marshalek of Flavorpill. The subject? O Music Awards nominee The Weeknd’s third mixtape, Echoes of Silence.
He delivered as he said he would: At basically the very last minute before the end of fall, the enigmatic damaged R&B producer The Weeknd released Echoes of Silence, the third in his “Balloon Trilogy” of 2011 mixtapes — mixtapes in name and method of distribution only as these three records, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence introduce and execute upon a musical vision more fully realized than anything else this year.
Since the O Music Blog is run by one lowly writer (who was cast into the wilds of New England without sufficient Internet for the past few days), sometimes we miss music when it hits the web. Over the past few days, we were so busy lighting up menorahs and whatnot that we’re just now checking out The Weeknd’s third mixtape, Echoes of Silence, and Lady Gaga’s previously unreleased track, “Stuck on F*cking You.”
The Weeknd has seen no shortage of fan-made videos released — one rather titillating vid was nominated for an O Music Award for Too Much Ass For TV. Now, it seems, the Abel Tesfaye-fronted outfit has gone legit with an official video for “The Knowing,” off of his debut mixtape, House of Balloons.
If you happen to follow any of The Weeknd’s fan groups on Facebook, you would have noticed a flurry of activity last night around the premiere of “Crew Love,” a track featuring The Weeknd off of Drake’s sophomore LP, Take Care (out November 15).