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The Weeknd

A lifetime ago, before he was a culture war figurehead posing for photos with Elon Musk and Joe Rogan, before he asked Michel Gondry to film his all-star block party, before he helmed his short-lived but generation-defining Comedy Central series, Dave Chappelle and his creative partner Neal Brennan wrote a stoner comedy called Half Baked. Chappelle and SNL actor Jim Breuer were billed as the two leads of Half Baked, but for my money the movie’s most iconic moment belongs to Guillermo Diaz, whose character Scarface memorably quits his fast food job by announcing over the restaurant P.A., “Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you! You’re cool. And fuck you, I’m out!” I thought of this scene upon hearing “abcdefu.”

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The song comes off his 2016 album Starboy For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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The Recording Academy continues to exist within its own strange dimension, one in which Jon Batiste is the center of the musical universe and the second Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett jazz duets album was one of the landmark popular music events of 2021. You have to hand it to them for the consistency, at least: So many extremely Grammys-esque artists were showered with nominations today in preparation for the Jan. 31 ceremony at, uh, Crypto.com Arena. Some of them, like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish, are actually this popular in the real world. And some of them are H.E.R.

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The song has spent 90 weeks on the Hot 100 chart, surpassing Checker’s 1960 hit “The Twist” For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Pari Dukovic

Over the summer, it was announce that the Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) was producing and starring in his own HBO drama titled The Idol. Now, HBO has revealed the rest of the cast.

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The Tanu Muino-direct video casts the pair as vengeful enemies. For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

A couple weeks ago, Post Malone and the Weeknd released a new collaborative track, “One Right Now,” the latest in a series of high-profile team-ups that Abel Tesfaye has been involved in this year that’s included collabs with Rosalía, Swedish House Mafia, and Doja Cat. Today, “One Right Now” has a music video to go along with it, right as the song enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #6. In the Tanu Muino-directed clip, Post Malone and the Weeknd try to kill each other in some violent ways. Watch below.

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John Esparza

Bruno Mars is a pastiche artist. That’s just who he is. He is very good at it, too — a born entertainer, a gifted songwriter, a master of period detail rivaling any Hollywood professional. Over the past decade, Mars has carved out a space as mainstream pop’s official retro ambassador. You are not ever going to find him pushing music forward, but he can be counted on to show up every couple years with expert facsimiles of bygone genres, overtly fun and catchy music bound to get wedding dance floors grooving and tickle the fancy of people who lament that music isn’t what it used to be. Bruno Mars owns this lane. And with Silk Sonic, he has decided to share it.

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Earlier in the week, Rosalía and the Weeknd released a teaser for a joint single called “LA FAMA” featuring a cameo from Danny Trejo and the Weeknd singing in Spanish. Now, the full single is available to hear, along with a video by Director X.

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Actor Danny Trejo introduces Spanish singer as she takes stage For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)