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The Weeknd's Shot to Global Stardom With His Third Release, Starboy
   2017-01-12 11:12:04    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Ling



Anchor: Hello and welcome to another edition of Music+, where we explore music and more. I'm Wang Ling. This week, we take a closer look at the music album "Starboy", which also happens to be the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. From his earliest work as an anonymous voice behind a series of underground mixtapes, the 26-year-old Toronto sadboy became a break out star with 'Beauty behind the Madness'; Spotify's most-streamed album of 2015. Now, just over a year later, the new 18-track project, as its title indicates, is to have the artist reach for a global stardom.

Starboy, the album's title track as well as the first single features guest appearances from French electronic duo Daft Punk. The out-take immediately surged to number 1 on major charts after its release last September.
It is a statement of intent that introduces us to the rightfully egotistical "starboy" character the singer has created, where he is accustomed to the life of super stardom and is able to balance artistic integrity with commercial success.

The song we just heard is Starboy off the latest namesake album by The Weeknd. The album is a showcase of the artist's ability to, as he says on the song "take any lane" in terms of sound -- rap, R&B, disco, electronic, pop, and even ballads.
"I Feel It Coming" is a sunny, funky number; an alteration from the nihilistic image of the artist. Also collaborating with Daft Punk, The Weeknd reassures a woman "who's scared of love" with the sweetness of his reedy vocals that echoes unmistakably Michael Jackson's.

And that was "I Feel It Coming"; fresh off The Weeknd's 3rd studio album Starboy. It was released as the album's second single, and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to Daft Punk, the album also features guest appearances from Lana Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar.
'Sidewalks' is the hit collaboration that pairs the hottest names in hip hop. Kendrick Lamar pops up for a slick verse on the track while The Weeknd puts the octaves on ice as he raps: "Cause too many people think they made me/Well, if they really made me then replace me."

Fading away there is the song, Sidewalks; yet another favourite track from the album Starboy by the Canadian singer/songwriter, The Weeknd. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 348,000 album-equivalent units, of which 209,000 were pure album sales. In the US, it was the third-largest debut sales week of 2016, the second-biggest week for album streams ever, and is The Weeknd's second number one album.
Meanwhile, Starboy received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67, based on 25 reviews.

Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph said, "What is surprising is how seamless and integrated the sound is--a really luxurious, supple groove of sparkling electronica and sinuous, melodic vocals." Nolan Feeney of Entertainment Weekly stated, "While musicians writing about coping with newfound celebrity is one of pop's oldest tropes, the Weeknd avoids the usual clich¨¦s with observations and anecdotes that feel specific and genuine."
Shaun Bitar wrote for Earmilk that "Starboy is a body of work that anyone can appreciate. Older fans will be happy to hear his infamous somber lyricism, moody atmospheres, and powerful vocals while newer fans can appreciate more pop-influenced songs that still push the envelope of mainstream sound."
'Party Monster', co-wrote by Lana Del Rey is another number that showcase's The singer's unique twist on R&B and has done the ear worming job perfectly. Here it is.

And that was 'Party Monster'! As the third promotional single of the album, this song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
All in all, Starboy is an intricate and multi-layered resulting in a cohesive body of work that showcases how far The Weeknd has come artistically throughout the past 5 years. While the environment undoubtedly played a major role in the artist's rise to stardom, it's his generational singing voice that's always served as a main attraction.

On Starboy, his delicately powerful vocals are as emotive as ever. And to wrap up the show, here is "Nothing Without You", one of the tracks that beautifully display the singer's emotional side.
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