The Weeknd album review for NME

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In the past year Abel Tesfaye, who began releasing mixtapes of murky R&B as The Weeknd in 2011, has pulled off a number of prime pop coups. First came a collaboration with American megastar Ariana Grande (‘Love Me Harder’), then there was a Top Five hit with ‘Earned It’, written for Fifty Shades Of Grey, 2015’s sixth-highest-grossing film. July brought an onstage appearance with Taylor Swift during her ‘1989’ world tour. But The Weeknd’s most blatant assault on the mainstream came in June with the release of the fantastic ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, a Michael Jackson-aping club banger that reached the Top Five in seven countries and has amassed more than 65 million plays on YouTube to date… Read the full article

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