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M.I.A. Talks Super Bowl, Versace Collaboration, & The Weeknd on Hot 97


To kick off her album release week, M.I.A. stopped by Hot 97 for a sit-down interview with Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds, and Laura Stylez. The controversial singer, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL, opened up about the Super Bowl controversy.

She even met the man who was in charge of censoring her performance and they struck up a friendship. “It was a battle of the fingers,” she said.

Her bootleg-inspired collaboration with Versus Versace is now in stores. But she admitted that the pricey collection can be had for less on the streets. “Some of the bootleg stuff is actually better than the real Versace,” she said.

She samples The Weeknd on “Exodus” and “Sexodus” off Matangi. “I feel like The Weeknd probably is gonna inspire a whole generation of babies being born,” she said of the Canadian crooner. “In 18 years we’ll find out there was a little peak in the population, then I’d put that down to The Weeknd.”

Plus, hear her break down the lyrics to “Paper Planes.”

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The Weeknd to Tour with Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and The Weeknd

The Weeknd is joining “The 20/20 Experience.” Following his own headlining tour, the Canadian crooner will head out on the road with Justin Timberlake.

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The Weeknd Performs ‘Pretty’ on ‘Fallon’

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On the eve of Halloween, The Weeknd brought some thrills to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” With the lights dimmed low, the Canadian crooner set the seductive mood by performing “Pretty” off his chart-topping album Kiss Land.

He will join Drake on the European leg of his “Would You Like a Tour?” which kicks off on Feb. 19 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Get a head start on The Weeknd below.

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Drake Announces European Tour Dates with The Weeknd

Drake Tour

Drake is taking the show overseas. Following his North American concerts, the Canadian rapper will bring his “Would You Like a Tour?” to Europe next year.

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Video: French Montana f/ The Weeknd – ‘Gifted’

French Montana

After months of waiting, French Montana finally rolls out the video for his Excuse My French single “Gifted” featuring The Weeknd. The Canadian crooner holds court with some sexy ladies, while French holds a couple of tiger cubs in the Eif Rivera-directed clip, which was shot in April.

Go behind the velvet rope of their dark and mysterious underworld.

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The Weeknd Performs ‘Pretty’ on ‘Letterman’

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Fresh off his two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, The Weeknd tore the roof off the Ed Sullivan Theater with his hypnotizing performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Wearing a Knicks jersey and Jordans, the Canadian crooner performed “Pretty” off his album Kiss Land, which debuted at No. 2 last month.

His “Fall” tour continues to Boston, Chicago, and Detroit before wrapping with three shows in his hometown of Toronto on Oct. 17-20.

Dim the lights and watch The Weeknd’s seductive set.

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New Music: Sia f/ The Weeknd & Diplo – ‘Elastic Heart’

Elastic Heart

One of the biggest blockbusters of the fall is getting an equally star-studded soundtrack. The Weeknd joins singer-songwriter Sia on “Elastic Heart,” one of the cuts off the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, available Nov. 19.

“And I know that I can survive/ I’d walk through fire to save my life,” croons the Kiss Land singer over the Diplo production.

The Weeknd also contributes his own song, “Devil May Cry,” joining an all-star lineup of Christina Aguilera, Santigold, Lorde, and Coldplay.

Listen to their powerful collaboration below.

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