September 7, 2016 The Unbiased Writer

VN36_CVR2Canadian R&B crooner The Weeknd is featured on both covers of VMAN‘s fall/ winter 2016 issue. After releasing his record breaking album, Beauty Behind The Madness, the singer has become one of the biggest names in the music industry. Captured by Inez & Vinoodh, The Weeknd is styled in casual streetwear pieces from Alexander Wang, Givenchy, and more. Out to prove that his success isn’t smoke and mirrors, you can check out his entire interview inside VMAN36 out on newsstands now.
The-Weeknd-VMAN-cover‘Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd, wrote “The Hills” for his sophomore, breakout album Beauty Behind the Madness, released in August 2015. “That line was specific for the situation that song was talking about. It ended up being the lyric everybody started relating to, and then it wasn’t until the song blew up that I realized how much of a reality it was in most people’s lives,” Tesfaye says. “Unfortunately, a lot of great things have happened when I was fucked up, and sometimes I ask myself whether any of it would have been possible if I was sober. People might look at it as a sad reality, but when I perform it, the people sing it with so much joy. That’s what really matters to me.” And joy it seemed to bring: it was the fifth best-selling album of the year, spending 45 consecutive weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard charts. He is currently working on his next album. “There are new inspirations on this album,” he says. “The production feels aggressive but still sexy. The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince, and DeBarge play roles. We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done. It’s hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced,” he says.‘ For more click here.

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