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Thread started 01/30/20 1:47am

Krid

The Weeknd - similarities to Prince - discuss

Hi,

I think one of the most exciting musicians who is commercially successful right now is The Weeknd. And I find there is some similarities to Prince:

a) not a quick one-hit wonder, but building up a rising following over the course of many albums

b) risky, definetly not PG-13 lyrics on the first albums, toned down somehow to allow for more radio-friendly tunes

c) to my knowledge, not just a singer, but heavily involved in the crafting of his songs, little outside producers or other musicians

d) a great ear for some memorable hooks and melodies

I do not know about his live shows, but would definetly try to see him if he comes to my local place ;=)

What do you guys think?

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Reply #1 posted 01/30/20 3:00am

EmmaMcG

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He sounds more like a Michael Jackson knock off to me. I don't really get any Prince vibes from him. No more so than you'd get from the likes of Justin Timberlake or any of those guys anyway.


For the record, when I say Michael Jackson knock off, I don't necessarily mean that as a bad thing. Just that he seems to copy Michael Jackson's style more so than he does Prince.
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Reply #2 posted 01/30/20 4:34am

jaawwnn

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His music does nothing for me, and i've tried. I Feel It Coming was a real attempt to synthesize all of Off the Wall into a single track wasn't it? It left me cold though, if I want to listen to Off the Wall i'll put on Off The Wall, maybe if the melody was stronger...

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Reply #3 posted 01/30/20 8:19am

rdhull

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He sings in falsetto. The end.

"Climb in my fur."
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Reply #4 posted 01/30/20 8:24am

namepeace

I tried some of his early work and it never connected with me. The comparisons to Prince were inevitable I guess. Prince's music is far more vibrant and provocative than what I've heard from The Weeknd.

"Provocative" in the sense that it stokes stronger reactions from the listener. Not in terms of the lyrics.

Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

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Reply #5 posted 01/30/20 9:36am

RJOrion

LMAO...the weeknd is NOTHING like Prince ...in any way...
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Reply #6 posted 01/30/20 11:28am

alphastreet

I hear more mj than prince too, but he was kind of experimental on his earlier albums the way prince was in his time.

His shows are awesome, definitely worth the money
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Reply #7 posted 01/30/20 1:13pm

Pokeno4Money

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Nope, no similarity.

If that's what you're looking for, I would suggest a Mr. Lenny Kravitz



Hell, even this guy is more similar to Prince than The Weeknd is ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSS1fZqhJB0

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Reply #8 posted 01/31/20 5:32am

Krid

Pokeno4Money said:

Nope, no similarity.

If that's what you're looking for, I would suggest a Mr. Lenny Kravitz



Hell, even this guy is more similar to Prince than The Weeknd is ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSS1fZqhJB0

tinacherry.jpg

[Edited 1/30/20 13:15pm]

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Imagine, I got some of his records and 12 inches, bought this back in the day when was it, 87 or so?)

In general, I did not mean TheWeeknd sounds like Prince - I meant more how he developed, is independent and all that.

And - I do like some of his songs. Blinded by the Light (my kids play that at full volumen right now) is really cool I think cool

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Reply #9 posted 01/31/20 6:04am

Pokeno4Money

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Krid said:

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Imagine, I got some of his records and 12 inches, bought this back in the day when was it, 87 or so?)

In general, I did not mean TheWeeknd sounds like Prince - I meant more how he developed, is independent and all that.

And - I do like some of his songs. Blinded by the Light (my kids play that at full volumen right now) is really cool I think cool


I hafta admit, at times I did do a double-take when I first watched the Tina Cherry video. He even rides a bicycle like Prince did. lol




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Reply #10 posted 01/31/20 6:21am

ElGorillos

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""I just love Bowie; I think he's the ultimate inventor," the Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, told the Journal.
He added that he and Prince were scheduled to work together in the late musician's Paisley Park studio,
but those plans changed when the "Purple Rain" icon died in April. Prince made his last TV appearance
in November 2015, presenting Tesfaye with an American Music Award.
".".

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-weeknd-talks-david-bowie-prince-influences-on-new-album-122216/


EG

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Reply #11 posted 01/31/20 4:51pm

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Image result for uh no gif"

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #12 posted 02/16/20 4:27am

funkaholic1972

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Not a lot of similarities IMHO. Don't like his music much either. Sounds more like MJ than Prince to my ears. His "Blinding Lights" sounds like a lost A-Ha track from the 80's.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #13 posted 02/18/20 1:39am

Krid

funkaholic1972 said:

His "Blinding Lights" sounds like a lost A-Ha track from the 80's.

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I always thought it has a Pet Shop Boys vibe to it, but A-Ha is also spot-on.

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Reply #14 posted 02/18/20 10:22am

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RJOrion said:

LMAO...the weeknd is NOTHING like Prince ...in any way...


Lol, I agree
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Reply #15 posted 02/18/20 10:35am

alphastreet

I thought the beat to Blinding Lights sounded like Maniac from Flashdance
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Reply #16 posted 02/19/20 1:21am

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I can name at least three outside producers he's used without even being much of a "fan" or ever reading a Wikipedia or discogs credit page, so based on that alone I'll go "No."

[edit] Okay, loaded a page, he averages 3-4 co-producers/co-writers per track, so definitive "No." The-Dream is closer to a Prince, but people don't ever really remember or maybe even know him, which you know, encapsulates the parallels if you ask me.

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Reply #17 posted 02/19/20 10:13am

alphastreet

WhisperingDandelions said:

I can name at least three outside producers he's used without even being much of a "fan" or ever reading a Wikipedia or discogs credit page, so based on that alone I'll go "No."

[edit] Okay, loaded a page, he averages 3-4 co-producers/co-writers per track, so definitive "No." The-Dream is closer to a Prince, but people don't ever really remember or maybe even know him, which you know, encapsulates the parallels if you ask me.

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I remember the dream and thought he was talented. Is he still around?
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Reply #18 posted 02/22/20 9:11pm

onlyforaminute

All I hear is the once popular, don't i sound like MJ thing, not a ounce of Prince. He doesn't appeal to me,a couple of song were ok but not feeling the albums.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

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Reply #19 posted 03/03/20 9:52am

Empress

daingermouz2020 said:

RJOrion said:
LMAO...the weeknd is NOTHING like Prince ...in any way...
Lol, I agree

RJOrion is correct!!

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