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The Weeknd Likes To Gamble

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And by gambling I mean taking a chance every time he releases a new single on the market. Every concert gives you goosebumps; every lyric cuts through your soul like a sharp hunting knife; every live performance seems better than his last. All his fans feel exalted and constantly eager for more. He seems to pick the best venues for his concert, in respect for each and every one of his fans. And he always has a very special, helpful XO crew with him who are more than ready to cater to everyone’s needs. They all work together ensuring everyone is having a great time.

It’s Showtime!

But when The Weeknd starts to sing, his special lyrics and music vibes, he really gets into that state of mind that quickly overwhelms everyone seeing and listening to him. The drama and the intensity of his moments on stage are a little risky; in a music culture where everything seems to revolve around a certain kind of commercial pop expressivity, The Weeknd continues to amaze his fans. He chooses to stay true to his own beliefs; he stays away from the lights and cameras and refuses to give any interviews. He lives a rather secluded life as he has a passion for mystery and he wants his creations to speak for himself, rather than his personal life. This, again, is risky and resembles high stake poker gambling. Speaking of gambling, if you too have a passion for it, you can visit the Cosmic Casino site and check out the collection of poker games the popular casino has in store for you. Take advantage of the welcoming 5,555 registration and first deposit bonus and make the most of it.

Many folks appreciate artists who come clean and are ready to put every intimate detail of their personal life on the table. But the artist decided to take his chance and use a different approach. What’s your favorite The Weeknd concert moment?    

Shot in Toronto.

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The Weeknd and reps spoke with Billboard about the bidding war to sign Abel, clearing samples for Trilogy, profits from touring and eventually doing press. Excerpts from the article are posted below. Click here to read the full story on Billboard.

“But the press-shy Weeknd tells Billboard that although the Trilogy samples were “killing me,” he was able to get clearance from acts like Beach House (“The Party & the After Party”) and Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Glass Table Girls”). Only his use of Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” on fan favorite “What You Need” failed to make the CD.

In October 2011, William Morris Endeavor music head Marc Geiger famously told Topspin CEO Ian Rogers that the Weeknd was able to command $25,000 for a show-even though he’d yet to play a single proper gig. Joel Zimmerman, music agent and head of William Morris Electronic, clarified to Billboard that the figure was used more as an example of the quotes mentioned in the bidding war to sign the Weeknd and his management-a deal that remained in process through January 2012.

“I had just booked Coachella for his first U.S. show, and I didn’t know if we were hired. I still thought this could be a one-off thing,” Zimmerman says. “Right before they came out to L.A., I flew to Toronto to meet everybody and get a handle on who they were and how we could work together. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had.”

The Weeknd’s initial U.S. shows, with a limited band and set production, grossed an impressive $335,000 across five dates with attendance of 8,352, according to Billboard Boxscore. For a fall tour that began in September and ran through last week, the Weeknd returned with a new band, backup singers and a full production complete with custom videos.

Zimmerman notes that the Weeknd has already begun recording new material, and that major touring plans will bring him to Europe in the spring, the festival circuit in the summer and even bigger U.S. venues next fall. The artist may even become more accessible in due time.

“At some point, he’ll start doing press,” Zimmerman says, “but right now it’s been more about the music and the performance and just evolving as an artist.”