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The Weeknd Wants to Make “Pop Cool Again”


Image Courtesy Lamar Taylor/Republic RecordsToday is The Weeknd Madness day. In addition to the release of his new CD, Beauty Behind the Madness, tickets also went on sale for his Madness 2015 Fall Tour. The Toronto native is embracing the spotlight, and tells TIME magazine, “I want to make pop cool again, and the only way I can do that is by being ambitious and grand.”

As he drops his second studio album, The Weeknd believes he’s placed a firm imprint on the music industry. “The game is changing with songs like ‘Earned It’ as opposed to it changing me.” Yet he’s also disappointed in his previous work: “I just felt like I was selling myself short,” he says.” The last album (Kiss Land) was rushed. Even though I’m proud of it, I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted.”

The Weeknd made sure he took his time recording Beauty Behind the Madness. “I learned, I studied and I delivered,” he comments. “I want the world to hear my music and see the movement my fans and I have created.”

Here’s the itinerary for the Madness 2015 Fall Tour:

11/3 — Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
11/6 — Chicago, IL, United Center
11/7 — Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
11/11 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
11/12 — Boston, MA, DCU Center
11/14 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
11/15 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/16 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
11/18 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
11/24 — Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre
11/27 — Winnipeg, Manitoba, MTS Centre
11/29 — Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/30 — Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
12/2 — Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers Arena
12/5 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
12/8 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
12/13 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
12/15 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
12/17 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
12/19 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena

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