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Rap R&B sensation the Weeknd is apparently being sued for trademark infringement over his alter ego 'Starboy' by a comic book writer who claims to have created the character back in 2014.

TMZ and The Blast are reporting that writer Eymun Talasazan came up with the concept for a series of comic books focusing on superhero rap and R&B artists, and that he was in touch with representatives of the Weeknd regarding a possible collaboration.

This alleged collaboration never actually took place, after nothing came of the 2017 talks, but the Starboy character was then used for the Weeknd's infamous album last year.

The singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has yet to comment on the issue.

The Marvel graphic novel The Weeknd Presents: Starboy is "near identical" to Eymun Talasazan's idea which he supposedly pitched to the Weeknd's representatives, according to reports.

Talasazan claims to have been creating a whole world surrounding the Starboy comic persona in 2015, dedicated to R&B superheroes.

TMZ recently wrote that Daft Punk and the Weeknd have already faced a €5 million lawsuit over reports of plagiarism on the track 'Starboy' by a songwriter named Yasminah.

She claims her song 'Hooyo', released back in 2009, shares some of the same elements as Daft Punk's offering.

It seems the song, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, is causing plenty of scandal as well as success.

28-year-old Tesfaye, who is currently dating supermodel Bella Hadid, has just moved in with his Victoria's Secret sweetheart.


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The duo seem loved up, despite splitting up back in 2015, and we can't see this controversy getting in the way of their romance.

What do you think, is Starboy an original the Weeknd character? The drama continues…

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The Weeknd has been touring the globe with his album, selling to sold out international crowds. 

The soulful singer took to the stage in Mexico City for his second performance,  but was faced with a raging storm as well as an admiring crowd. 

Unperturbed by the bad weather, The Weeknd performed in the torrential rain (sound AF). 


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However, things got a little dangerous as the high winds and sheets of rain caused elements of the stage to fall. 

One object fell from the rafters of the stage, narrowly missing the singer, who's real name is Abel Tesfaye.

Abel didn't even flinch when the object came his way, continuing to belt out his hit Party Monster like a true professional. 

He then uploaded a video of the near miss to his Instagram story, captioning it: 'Mexico Forecast: Stormy with a chance of falling objects.' 



By Edina Zejnilovic

Darkness, Mystery, Sex, Drugs and Sorrow – these are all words that can be used to define the sound of Abel Tesfaye at the beginning of his music career.

His music captured the highs and lows of drug use as well as his strong feelings towards women and sex. Since then, The Weeknd has elevated his music further by becoming one of the biggest pop artists on the scene, combining pop and R&B to create two double platinum albums – Michael Jackson inspired album, Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) and upbeat Starboy (2016) featuring the likes of Daft Punk, Lana Del Ray and Kendrick Lamar.

Yet, he has still managed to keep the same meaning to his music that we all know and love him for but has revamped it into the form of mainstream pop music.


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On March 30, 2018, The Weeknd surprised his fans by released the 6-track album, My Dear Melancholy,.

Listeners seemed to be pleasantly surprised that Abel returned to his roots with the mysterious, sorrowful and druggie tracks he was first known for.

The EP expresses the suffering of loss. It captures his own heartbreak, desperation and reflection. The 21-minute album is short but also long enough to not depress or bore you, as it is, essentially, a break up album.

However, it is a break up album done right with his amazing vocals and hypnotising sound that again reminds us of his earlier work. In the album, he gets extremely personal by analysing his broken relationships and by exposing all of his feelings out there through hard-hitting lyrics.


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Being a celebrity means being exposed to the public eye on a constant basis, and for Abel this meant that his relationships were all out in the open and were often kept tabs on by paparazzi, magazines and such.

Not long before My Dear Melancholy, was released, The Weeknd and former girlfriend, Selena Gomez, had split up. They dated for the majority of 2017 and made their public debut at the Met Gala.

They were both very open about their relationship, posting photos on each other’s Instagram, but it all came crashing down when Gomez was seen on a date with her ex, Justin Bieber. On the other hand, Tesfaye was spotted leaving Bella Hadid’s apartment just days after and at this point, Tesfaye and Gomez had broken things off.

After listening to the new album, it is safe to say that he was both heartbroken and bitter when composing the songs.

The EP is so specific to these certain events, that it is so unique when compared to the rest of his work. It was almost too personal and honest, making it difficult to listen to.


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The album’s opening line makes sure that we know that the very first song, Call Out My ​​Name is about Gomez: 'We found each other/ I helped you out of a broken place/ You gave me comfort/ But falling for you was my mistake.'

The couple began their relationship shortly after Selena was out of rehab for Lupus, as well as anxiety and depression, which she has very openly advocated. They fell for each other when she needed somebody most and he was there to help. Unfortunately, it is obvious through his lyrics that he regrets ever falling for her.

'I want you to stay / But I know you don’t want me / Girl, why can’t you wait? / Why can’t you wait till I fall out of love?' The hard-hitting lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of losing somebody you love and the tragedy of heartbreak.

Personally, this line stuck out to me the most in this album, as well as: 'Guess I was just another pit stop / Until you made up your mind / You wasted my time.' Another extremely powerful lyric in the song was: 'I almost cut a piece of myself for your life.' This lyric suggests Tesfaye was willing to give up one of his kidneys for Selena, to save her life. However, he did not and her friend, Francia Raisa, did instead.


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Wasted Times is full of bitterness as he removes the attention off Gomez and instead shines light on his previous partner, Bella Hadid. Tesfaye and Hadid dated for almost two years and ended in November 2016. In this song, he reminisces about their relationship. 

'Wasted times I spent with someone else / She wasn’t even half of you' and 'I hope you know this dick is still an option / You were equestrian, so ride it like a champion' is a clear indicator that he has his eyes set on Hadid again and is wasting no time on articulacy. 

Hadid planned on competing in the Winter 2016 Olympics for equestrian events and still partakes in the activity today, therefore it is quite evident that he is speaking about the model.

Try Me is another track about the model, as he continues to express wanting her back.

'Once you put your pride aside / You can notify me, -fy me / You’re the best I ever had.' Although, there is some confusion towards the end of the song when he sings, 'The way I kissed your scars / The way I fixed your heart, oh / Don’t you miss me babe?' which indicates that he is singing about Gomez, and her scars she may have developed after her kidney transplant.

The EP is just a mix of feelings towards both women, all slathered into 6 songs and can sometimes be quite difficult to fully understand.


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I Was Never There and Hurt You are a look into Tesfaye’s general view and dissatisfaction with relationships. He is back to his old ways, his drug and sex-filled life: 'Girl, I’ll come to put myself between your legs / Not between your heart' and 'His happiness is never real / Mindless sex is how he feels' are just two lines from these songs which completely represent his new mindset after the break-ups.

In Privilege he speaks about wanting to end things with Gomez on a good note, but points at self-destructive behaviour to take the pain away: 'But I'ma drink the pain away, I'll be back to my old ways / And I got two red pills to take the blues away, oh.'

Whether you loved the 21-minute heartbreak album or hated it, it is undeniably personal which makes is a unique project for The Weeknd.

Artists have the power to use music to express themselves and their emotions, so if you have ever been through a messy break up or had your heart broken by somebody you loved, it is easy to relate to the album.

Tesfaye’s relationships were known and followed by the public, which made the wonderful break-up album of public interest and therefore clearly explains the millions of views on YouTube and the 29 million streams on Spotify in only the first 24 hours after it was released.

The mini-album is short but nonetheless very powerful, and overall represents the return of the old Abel that earned him his fame, and I think this is what’s got everybody hyped.



Global retailer, H&M, have pulled a garment from their product line following widespread backlash this week.

The controversy surrounds the retailer's decision to use a black child to model a hoody emblazoned with the slogan 'Coolest Monkey in the Jungle'.

Responding to the criticism, H&M made the decision to remove the image from their website, and issued an apology which outlined their plan to pull the garment from their line.

"We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” read the statement. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”

According to The Irish Times, the retailer is launching an investigation into the origin of the print and its subsequent advertisement.

“It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt,” the company said. “We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again."

Rapper, The Weeknd, was among those incensed by the garment's racial undertones, tweeting that he was offended by the image and would not engage with H&M on a professional level in the future.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…" he wrote in a tweet which has amassed more than 200,000 likes since yesterday.


Bella Hadid and the Weekend dated for a full year between 2015 and 2016, before The Weekend embarked on his well-publicised romance with Selena Gomez. 

It seems that both Selena and The Weeknd have a serious case of the ex, as she has been seen with ex Justin Bieber multiple times, and now The Weekend, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been spotted in his ex's neighbourhood. 

The platinum-selling musician was spotted leaving Bella Hadid's apartment in New York City last night. 

Social media was in uproar when the images emerged, but a source clamed to E News that the pair are not back together just yet. 

'Bella and Abel have been in contact since Abel and Selena split, but they are not back together,' a source told E News.

'Abel reached out to Bella asking to hang out and catch up, and she decided to see him and see where things go.'


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'She knows that if they don't date again, they can at least be good friends.' 

'They enjoy each other's company and have a lot of fun together.'

According to another source, Abel is still mad for Bella, and expressed that he still loves her greatly. 

The snaps came ahead of news that Selena and Justin shared a PDA moment at his hockey game last night. 


So last night, word landed that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd had called time on their relationship after ten whole months together.

And, as usual, the Twitosphere took the news like it was a personal blow. 

Rolling up their sleeves, rooting out their most appropriate gifs, and weighing in on the conversation like good things, members of the public had their say on the demise of 2017's cutest couple.

And let's just say, news that Selena and former flame, Justin Bieber, had recently enjoyed a breakfast together did not go unnoticed….



It's that time of year again.

From Lady Gaga's meat dress to that twerk-heavy performance between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, MTV's Video Music Awards have given us plenty of memorable moments. 

The performances at the awards ceremony are always lit, and MTV has taken to Twitter to reveal who will be playing. 

As always, some of the biggest names in music will be making an appearance: 

The Weeknd


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Ed Sheeran


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Miley Cyrus


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Joining these three mega-stars will be Fifth Harmony, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lorde and Shawne Mendes.

Katy Perry will also be hosting the ceremony, and according to the video leaked by MTV, the Bon Appetit singer will also be performing. 

We know what we'll be streaming on August 27…

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Selena Gomez recently celebrated her 25th birthday, but while she blew out her candles in the US, her beau The Weeknd was busy headlining mega music festival Lollapalooza in Paris. 

For most partners, the issue of the Atlantic Ocean would have meant that Selena would have spent her birthday without her bf, but when you're a celeb, an ocean is only a slight inconvenience.

After finishing his set in Paris, The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, dropped everything and immediately hopped on a plane to be with his queen on her birthday, as he shared on his Instagram stories that evening. Couple goals.


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The pair clearly have a lot of love for each other, which was evident in Selena's recent interview with InStyle.

Breaking her usually private stance on her relationship, Selena answered a question about Abel to the publication.

After being asked if she was happy in her relationship, the former Disney star said: 'I really am. It's great.'


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While Selena is clearly loved up, she made sure to say that while love is important, it is essential to be happy with yourself before becoming attached. 

'You want someone to add to your life, not to complete you, if that makes sense.'

'I'm lucky because he's more of a best friend than anything else,' she told InStyle.


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'I don't depend on one area of my life to make me happy,' she continued.

'It's really important for me to love and nourish my friends and family and to make sure that I never get influenced by a guy.'

'I've wanted to be in a strong headspace for years, and I really wasn't. Before, I was so young and easily influenced, and I'd feel insecure.'


They made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala, and now Selena has finally opened up about her love for her new fella.

The pair have been dating since January, and while they've been pictured together numerous times, this is the first time the singer has commented on her romance.

In an interview with Miami's Power 96.5 FM, Selena told the hosts, "I'm taken."

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"I'm the kind of girl that loves tremendously big. I just have always been that girl," she said.

"I will give my heart and my soul to the person I love. It's just how I operate. With that comes a lot, you know?"

It seems like they're pretty serious!



The Weeknd and Selena Gomez's relationship kinda came out of nowhere a few months ago.

We all thought he was still hung up on Bella Hadid after that Victoria's Secret show, but then it was only a couple of weeks later that he was spotted in Italy all loved up with Sel.

And we kinda love them together.

The Weeknd has finally made their relationship Instagram official by posting a very loved up pic with the former Disney Channel star.


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In the snap, Selena is giving him a kiss on the cheek (in very dark lighting, might we add).

Here's hoping there's way more cute couple shots in the future.



The Weeknd absolutely slayed at his gig in London's O2 Arena last night.

Belting out tunes like I Can't Feel My Face and Starboy, the singer decided he wanted a bit of company on stage. 

Much to the delight of fans, The Weeknd's pal Drake joined him for a few songs.

The pair laughed and embraced as the crowd went wild after seeing the addition of Drake to the show. 

They performed a medley of songs together, including Fake Love, Energy and Jumpman.

Fans were quick to take to Twitter to share videos of their performance, which they completely rocked. 

The Weeknd has been announced as the Saturday headliner at Longitude festival, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that he brings his buddy Drake along for a dual performance. 

Imagine if he did!

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Bella Hadid has taken over the fashion world, and no runway is complete without her or her blonde bombshell of a sister taking to the stage.

It seems that H&M feels this way, as the high street fashion house booked both sisters for their Paris Fashion Week show last night.

While the siblings took to the catwalk, a particular ex of Bella's was also booked to perform on the night. 


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The exes crossed paths at the show, but after their previous run-in at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the pair kept their cool. 

According to E!, the model didn't move to the singer's serenade or catch his eye, and instead kept her gaze forward ike a true professional. 

The pair began dating back in back in April 2015 when Bella agreed to pose for the Canadian musician's album artwork for the Beauty Behind The Madness.

The Starboy singer and the super model reportedly split last year due to hectic work schedules. 

The Weeknd has since started publicly dating singer Selena Gomez.