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The Weeknd clears away the haze for 'Beauty Behind the Madness'

The Weeknd clears away the haze for 'Beauty Behind the Madness'

“Foggy,” “murky,” “bleary” — those were the words that once described Abel Tesfaye’s work as the Weeknd, in which this Canadian singer used moody, open-ended R&B arrangements to deliver clouded confessions (or were they boasts?) about living in a haze of illegal drugs and ill-advised sex. The approach, well-suited to an age of online fact-fudging, established Tesfaye as an important presence. Rappers like Drake and Rick Ross sought him out for collaborations, and he sold more than half a million copies of “Trilogy,” a major-label repackaging of three Internet mixtapes he originally released for free in 2011. Yet the man himself,...

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