The Stream: Can The Weeknd Destroy his Past & Still Be No.1?

Chart Beat: R&B sensation, The Weeknd has released a thrilling new video for his new single, Starboy, which features the electronic super duo, Daft Punk. In the video, The R&B singer otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye destroys awards and rides in a car with a black panther. In the beginning of the video, a masked man murders The Weeknd, later it is revealed the masked murderer is The Weeknd, only sporting a new haircut, symbolizing a new era in the artist's music career. According to sources, The Weeknd is developing a new character, destroying the pop sensation of what Beauty and the Madness was.  

The Toronto singer spoke about his upcoming album, Starboy dropping on November 25th on VMAN magazine saying "there are new inspirations on this album. The production feels aggressive but still sexy" the singer compares his new style of music to The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads and Prince. The Weeknd also claimed that he thinks this will be his best sounding album yet, we'll just have to see about that. 

As for the single, Starboy ,it has already made quite a name for itself on the charts climbing from No. 40 to No.3 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the song debuted on the October 8th dated Hot 100 with 28,000 in sales, 2.9 million U.S streams and 36 million in airplay audience. This earns The Weeknd his fifth Hot 100 top 10. 

As for the rest of the stars, Rihanna holds the No.1 spot for her single Needed Me on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts, Drake's Controlla at No. 2 and Tory Lanez Luv at No.3. Here are the top 20 songs on the Billboard Hip-Hop Charts:

  1. Rihanna, Needed Me
  2. Drake, Controlla
  3. Tory Lanez, Luv
  4. Usher Feat. Young Thug, No Limit
  5. DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, For Free
  6. Kanye West, Father Strech My Hands Pt.1
  7. Drake, Once Dance 
  8. D.R.A.M Feat.Lil Yachty, Broccoli
  9. DJ Drame Feat. Chris Brown, Skeme & Lyquin, Wishing
  10. Chance the Rapper Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, No Problem 

As for the R&B Billboard Charts:

  1. Ro James, Permission
  2. Maxwell, Lake by The Ocean
  3. Eric Benet, Sunshine
  4. Yuna Feat. Usher, Crush
  5. Lalah Hathaway, Angel
  6. Tyrese, Waiting On You
  7. Joe, So I Can Have You Back 
  8. After 7, Let Me Know
  9. Jill Scott, Can't Wait
  10. Maxwell, 1990X

New Artists To Check Out This Week: Denzel Curry, this Miami born rapper is known for his hit "ULT" the hip-hop artist is labeled under "cloud rap". Listen to if you like artists such as A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, and Joey Bada$$.

Vic Spencer, Complex magazine called the rapper a "capable lyricist with an odd, overheated, destabilizing flow, which he typically pours over melted soul beats". Listen of you like Niko Is, Add-2 and Chester Watson.

Lil Uzi Vert, the Philly rapper combines his creativity of lyrics and his energetic presence to provide a unique and alternate sound. He has worked on collabs with Young Thug, Wiz, and Rome Fortune. Be on the lookout this weekend for his performance on Saturday Night Live.

Pop CultureNicole Pujazon