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The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence

A haunting ballad that showcases Abel's emotional expressiveness.

The Weeknd: Echoes of Silence

By Kerry Doole

The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence (Republic/UMG): While continuing to break charts and streaming records at a rapid rate, global superstar Abel Tesfaye found time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his third mixtape, Echoes of Silence. The original mixes have been released alongside a limited edition line of merchandise designed by illustrator Hajime Sorayama, and an official video for the title track is now out, quickly notching a million views in just two days.


Sorayama also directed the highly cinematic video, one that clearly had a big budget. The song itself is a haunting ballad that shows The Weeknd at his most vulnerable and displays his emotional expressiveness. 

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It is a smart move to alert fans made in just the last few years that The Weeknd has a formidable back-catalogue well worth exploring and one that can stand the test of time.

This is just another short chapter in a success story that has had few equals in Canadian music history. Look for 2022 to be another blockbuster year for an artist who seems unable to put a foot wrong.

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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