Welp, from the looks of it, one of the music industry’s indie darling success stories will soon be indie no more. Toronto R&B phenomenon and Drake-cosigned artist The Weeknd will be signing a deal with Universal Republic Records.
According to Vibe.com, the first official release for The Weeknd will be a project titled Trilogy, composed of his three hugely successful mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echos of Silence) with a reported three new tracks added on. That’s expected to hit stores on November 13. And The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) will also be on tour this fall beginning in just a few days on September 21.
So what does this really mean? Will The Weeknd’s creativity be compromised now that he’s with the big boys? Can we expect the same level of artistry and craftsmanship that we found on his mixtapes in his true major label debut? Sadly, we can’t predict the future. Better to just enjoy the music The Weeknd has already put out and congratulate him on his new-found success whilst we wait, so here ya go: