The Weeknd Promises Fans He Will ‘Not Disappoint’ in Open Letter

The Weeknd

As he prepares for the release of his major-label debut Trilogy next month, The Weeknd takes a moment to connect with his fans. In an open letter, the Canadian singer thanks them for their unwavering support and explains the concept behind the viral video for “Rolling Stone,” which was done to “show you how I felt and where I stand.” The black-and-white clip represents his transition into the spotlight.

“The camera lights symbolize the crossover, and when they begin to flash I look away from the underground,” explains the 22-year-old. “Even though I don’t want to, it is a step that I feel I must take to evolve as an artist.”

Although he has signed a deal with Universal Republic, he assures his supporters that he won’t compromise his artistic integrity.

“You will continue to get what you fell in love with, and I will continue to give you what you ask for,” he says. “Thank you again for your patience and loyalty, I will not disappoint.”

Read his full letter below.

The Weeknd Letter

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21 Comments

  1. M.

    This is how you sign a deal. He controls his music without universal’s input. More artist’s need to take this approach to signing the dotted line. We’d have less techno sounding stuff.

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    yeetv Reply:

    @M., true but everyone doesn’t have that same leeway or situation. remember they tried to shelf Frank Ocean before he released nostalgia ultra on his own for free. i have friends i literally WATCH turn down deals from a couple labels including Def jam back in like 07-08…. they’re still trying to pick up the pieces from that time.

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  2. miles

    you already disappointed us by releasing a full album of old music

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    EL Reply:

    @miles, I wondered about the strategy behind this too.

    He must have an all-new follow up coming really soon with some fresh material. Not only was it “old” (previously released), but it also was/still is available for free all over the internet. The whole “remixed” and “remastered” thing is cool, but I don’t think it will make a huge difference. He will not have that Channel Orange level of impact.

    Doesn’t really make a whole heap of sense to me.

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    Jamason Reply:

    @miles, True shit man.

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  3. BreezyLover

    HE’S THE BEST!

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  4. trillafood

    *yawns*
    The WACKnd is overrated and boring.
    The-Dream needs to hurry up already.

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    Da_Boss Reply:

    @trillafood, Are you serious … Like they are in two different lanes.. The weeknd does him which is by far much different from what the dream does. N how is he overrated when he not that much in the mainstream yet??? Come on get it together

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    trillafood Reply:

    @Da_Boss, He’s overrated because all his music sounds the same and his voice is very annoying. He’s not bringing anything new to the game.

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    BrunoBruno Reply:

    @trillafood, if you think the dream is so good go buy his last album he needs them sales desperately

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    Ice Reply:

    @trillafood, I agree with this statement for the most part. I’m beginning to like The Weeknd a lot recently and I have always associated him as a The-Dream imitator until I opened my mind up to The Weeknd’s music and realized they are nothing alike. I still prefer The-Dream though.

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  5. The Sun

    That is why we love you, Abel. For you, it’s not about the money, or going mainstream, it’s about being and staying a true artist. You are pure.

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  6. Cassive

    I swear Frank Ocean wrote a letter to his fans just before releasing his album too…

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    kevon Reply:

    @Cassive, what does that have to do with this ?

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  7. yooo

    put up or shut up

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  8. BrunoBruno

    THE WEEKND, FRANK OCEAN AND MIGUEL ARE ON A LEVEL NO OTHER RNB’ISH TYPE SINGER IS ON RIGHT THE REST NEED TO CATCH UP TO THESE 3 FUTURE LEGENDS

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  9. JHP

    The more exposure you begin to get, it’s all the more unnecessary hatred gets cast your way. The Weeknd is an amazing artist, f*ck what yall talking bout. And Drake did the same thing with “So Far Gone” as far as re-releasing his mixtape, except he had to cut all the songs that were remixes even if they didn’t sound like them off. Still, I can only hope that Abel has a studio album of new music that he’s planning to drop as well

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  10. Axam

    I’m a fan, but damn if I’ll be his fool. Ain’t nobody buying this damn album when it’s already online.

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    Clearly his coming for Frank Ocean’s wig.

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  12. Hugh

    Refreshing to see an artist that isnt interested in fame. Just music

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  13. R to the Diamonds star down to the C way

    nice letter to the Fans

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