Is The Weeknd the Next Michael Jackson?

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Hey babies! Let’s talk music.

Yesterday, I came across an article on Mic.com talking about how Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, is this generation’s Michael Jackson. I was a little surprised that someone had made such a comparison because we all know MJ was ICONIC and still is. However, when I got deeper into the article I realize The Weeknd is well on his way and here’s why…

First off, let me say that I LOVE ABEL. I’ve loved him and his music since 2012. His dark, recluse personality made him attractive. He wasn’t out here doing all these interviews and starving for attention on social media or anything. He would just do his thing, release his music, and let the fans come as they may. I also was intrigued by the fact that he can say the most awful, disgusting things but make it sound so soothing with his voice. It’s insane how well he does that! His new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was just released August 22nd and it has internet going insane. I feel like ever since his song “Earned It” was in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, tons of new fans swarmed in which made them anticipate new music. This album has definitely received more attention than any of his other ones.

So back to the point, how does this tie into MJ? As stated in the article on Mic.com, one thing that Abel and MJ have similar is they both speak about candid topics honestly. MJ was not afraid to discuss controversial topics in his music and we all know The Weeknd talks very openly about drugs, addiction, sexuality, depression, etc. He keeps it real but also has the tendency to be very dark in his music. However, this new album is different. Last week, he told GQ, “All of my music is honest. When I write, I write about my surroundings. Sometimes it’s light and sometimes it gets very dark. With this album I’ve learned to balance them out and evolve my sound.” He also plainly stated that this generation needs an iconic artist. He told the New York Times, “These kids, you know, they don’t have a Michael Jackson. They don’t have a Prince. They don’t have a Whitney. Who else is there? Who else can really do it at this point?” Is he hinting that being the next music icon is his ultimate goal? Who knows? While no one will ever replace Michael Jackson, I certainly think that Abel has the potential to be beyond great. It would be amazing to see him get to that level. I feel like with this new balance he’s found between dark and light, he’s going to be able to climb the charts better than ever.

What are your thoughts?

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