An Open Letter To… The Weeknd

Posted by on April 15, 2012

Dear Weeknd,

I watched you perform in the desert as the sun set on Coachella tonight. What you’ve done for music as of late has been notable to say the least. With a matter of three projects and no radio play, you’ve single handedly brought credibility back to genre marred with bubble gum hooks and general foolishness. Your music is nothing short of genius, but I have a bone to pick. Actually, it’s quite a big bone. Your live performance just plain sucks.

I sat at my computer watching the live stream of your performance in absolute shock. The whole blogosphere and Twitterverse was in shock. Even the fans watching the show were shocked. They stood there just as bewildered as I was watching from home. They couldn’t even muster enough enthusiasm for an encore. You ran off the stage awkwardly with your hands to your side like something out of Jon Heder’s “Napoleon Dynamite.” It was that bad.

Look, I get it. That’s a huge stage. They threw you in the deep end and forced you to swim. You’re a new artist. You’re still developing your stage presence. It’s like anything else, it just takes practice. Even Frank Ocean’s stage performance was poor at best. That I’ll let you slide on. What I won’t let you get away with was your vocal performance. Half of your songs weren’t even in the right key. Drake should have bought you some floaties because you sank miserably.

Despite your slopping showing, I’m still a fan. I’ll still come to your shows, listen to your music all by myself in a dark room, and buy your debut album when it comes out. You’re making music that nobody else has the ability to make, and we celebrate you for that. However, tonight we all learned that you were less invincible than previously thought. And in a strange way, makes you more likable.


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  • shows*, he probably doesn’t need you to come to his shoes.

  • “A”

    Noted. Thank you based god.

  • the cochella performance might’ve sucked but if you spend an hour or so flipping through other live shows people have uploaded on youtube you’ll see he’s constantly improving – not to mention the kid is only 22…

  • Seriously, what’s with all these quasi-anonymous Internet stars turning into shitshows on stage? Lana del Ray, now The Weeknd… it’s not a positive trend.

  • “A”

    The Weeknd has actual talent vs. Lana though. Do you think Frank did better than The Weeknd?

  • “A”

    I’m not suggesting he’s not improving. He has room to grow. It was just a big stage to flop on.

  • Good stuff bud.

  • “A”

    Thanks my dude!

  • ruarealfan

    whaaaat??? he was absolutely great. are you even a ‘fan’ as you say you are?? you’re just angry he didn’t flop. he was amazing!

  • “A”

    I’m not angry he didn’t flop. In fact, I wish him well. Anyone with ears, however, knew he was all over the place vocally.

  • Guest

    Not sure if she writes her own music but I believe Lana Del Rey is talented. Her lyrics are pretty good but they could definitely be better. She has some really catchy melodies though. Liked 90% of her album, and the productions was great, which is more than I can say for most artists who just have a couple good songs and mediocre productions. The Weeknd is raw with what he says so I understand the appeal, especially with guys, but I do believe he also has room to improve his writing (which is already very good). The Morning is still one of my favorites but I feel there are certain things he could have toned down and possibly written better to have an even greater more complete song.

  • Evan

    You weren’t there bro. I was and though I only saw half of his set. I thought he killed it. You cannot judge his performance from watching it on a computer screen. It’s not nearly the same thing.

  • how do u get paid for writing?

    This is the problem with bloggers! They write reviews of aritsts when watching their performance in front of a computer screen! Austin I expect much better from you!

  • Middy

    Paid? oh boy.