Not too many singers hold it down like the Legendary Michael Jackson, the King of pop. Jackson consistently made stadia music, exploring sounds and vocals that held audiences spellbound. That kind of music is mostly what Canadian singer The Weeknd has been making since his breakout in 2011.
The 31-year-old Canadian singer dropped his fifth studio album Dawn FM on Friday, January 7 2022- a 16-track project that will leave most pop lovers in awe, but that’s what The Weeknd has always been about.
In Dawn FM, he explores different sounds, as he often does, but this album will be storied for years, just like Michael Jackson’s 1982 classic Thriller. Many will argue that if not for nostalgia, Dawn FM beats Thriller, yes, it slaps that hard. But there is absolutely no need to start another ‘idols become rivals’ conversation today. However, well in the knowledge that The Weeknd has given us some of history’s best Pop albums in recent times, how proud would Michael Jackson have been of him? He’d probably call him son, and say he’s the heir to his throne.
2020’s After Hours did remarkable numbers as well as remarkable influence on pop culture via its visualizations. Its Grammy snub, according to many people, experts included was rather a vindication for those who have lost confidence in the Recording Academy’s honouring process rather than a critical statement.
Rappers, singers, sound engineers, everyone who contributes to the making of a record/album know that making stadia music is the holy grail of making music. That is why musicians, especially rappers migrate from their typical niche to explore different kinds of sounds, especially in rock and pop music. Kanye West and Jay Z are typical examples of such rappers, and have enjoyed plenty success with their style.
If The Weeknd continues in this colossally rich vein, he will go down as a generational talent, if not the greatest of his time.
If you haven’t started streaming Dawn FM, what are you waiting for? Stream here on Apple Music.
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