New Music: The Weeknd – ‘Wicked Games’ (New Version)

The Weeknd

Days after announcing his deal with Universal Republic, The Weeknd debuts the mixed and mastered version of “Wicked Games,” the first single off his major-label debut Trilogy. The song originally appeared on his 2011 debut mixtape House of Balloons, but has now been redone and shortened by a minute.

Due November 13, Trilogy will include mixed and mastered versions of cuts from his mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, along with newly recorded material.

Listen to the original mixtape version and new version of “Wicked Games,” and tell us which you prefer.

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25 Comments

  1. tee

    oooh i fux with the weeknd i hope he gets the success he deserves but i dont want him to make mainstreamsounding music doe…

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    Moi Moi Moi Reply:

    @tee, I agree 100%. Once they go mainstream the music gets watered down. smh

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  2. Paul Broggan

    The start and longer end of the original is 100% better.

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    BobbyBorisovvv Reply:

    @Paul Broggan, I agree

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  3. Mayc

    The new one sounds nice hella but i still go for the old one…byt yea The Weeknd is boss.

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  4. Love Jeffery

    Ummm… Let’s All Be Muthafucking Real!!! Don’t Nobody Want The Same Damn Music From His Mixtapes For His DEBUT!!! WE ALL WANT NEW MATERIAL FOR HIS DEBUT, ESPECIALLY IF WE ARE GOING TO BUY IT!!! Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That… Well At Least I Don’t!!! THE END.

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    Briana Reply:

    @Love Jeffery, I totally agree with you

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    Love Jeffery Reply:

    @Briana, I’m Glad Someone Does!!! Because A lot Of Music Isn’t Going To Sound Anything As Good As His Masterpieces Of Mixtapes, ESPECIALLY IF HE GOES, AND BECOME “MAINSTREAM”!!!

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Love Jeffery, yea but the mixtapes never got the mastering they deserved, basically he’s getting his songs polished and mixing them up a bit to keep them fresh and making changes he wants to make, dont demand new music from him already he dropped 3 mixtapes in 1 year!!! give me another name that has done that

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  5. Ryan

    I love this song, the original, this new version is super balky and lacks ALL of the cinematic aura of the first. Uh Oh…..

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  6. chris shorts

    yea i would like the original .. i didnt think the mixing was to bad on the first one but i guess it wasnt a good enough commercial (boring) mix .. like this lacks so much emotion it was a real boring listen… fuck this #np WICKED GAMES … UNREMASTERED #FOREVER & #ALWAYS

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  7. chris shorts

    sorry i had to post again… that was BORING AND NOT THE WEEKND I FEEL IN LOVE WITH AND WHEN I GO TO HIS CONCERT AT HOUSE OF BLUES ON THE 16 OF OCTOBER IMMA TELL HIM ABOUT HIMSELF … BAD for LETTING THESE Record Executives strip him of his CREATIVE IDENTITY

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  8. dave

    whats this???the original was 1000 times better i liked it raw with that live sound

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  9. Jasper

    There really not difference besides the cussing is gone & the intro…The Weeknd doing his thang do I support it !!

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  10. Blondie™

    The mastered version sounds 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 better than the original . I love the Weeknd , but if I had to fix anything it would be the quality of the music . The mastered version sounds clear , which is what he needs to do to alot of his records if he hopes for massive airplay . I’m not gonna bump no raspy , distorted sounding song in my whip ! Lol No shade though . XO till I KO .

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Blondie™, exactly it just sounds more clear and people are like “omg the entire song is ruined”

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    chris shorts Reply:

    @Kyle, naw really listen to both it lost alot of cenimatic emotion … the song lacks alot of emotion this time from the instrumentation to vocals it isnt the same

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  11. BrunoBruno

    i like this one better and cant wait to hear the adult version

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  12. CK Young

    though this version is probably more marketable, i prefer the original version myself. the rawness of the weeknd’s voice and production is what made his mixtapes so epic. i feel that this version ever so slightly detracts from the emotion found in the original

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  13. Noire

    awwwwwww… NO!!!! I love the original!!! I don’t want him to lose his “edge” that’s what makes The Weeknd, The Weeknd! I love how he’s “dark” but still has the whole RandB Rock thing going on.. its addictive! I really hope the record executives don’t take his art away from him.. :(

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    fuck you Reply:

    @Noire, sadly, that’s what seems is going on here. I pray it doesn’t though.

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  14. Don't bE SO SORRIEy Man Orange

    Dope Beautiful Music and I like this song as well the other verison too

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  15. Vance

    Prefer the original. And what’s up with this being edited? I’m not a teen anymore … I can handle it!

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  16. Tony3k

    this version sux!! The Weeknd shouldn’t let them fuck with his music its no reason to release the stuff thats been out for a year and a half already

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  17. Priscila

    its really artitsic and with any art, its open to interpretation. Now i did see something that closely resembled ethiopia at the beginning and from what ive read hes ethiopian so there may be some of the countrys history in there as well as the obvious love story as well.

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