The Weeknd

Stream the Weeknd’s new album Starboy

The Weeknd’s new album Starboy is available now for streaming. Listen to it below via Spotify. Starboy is the follow-up to Beauty Behind the Madness. The album has guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Daft Punk. The Weeknd features previously shared the singles, “Starboy,” “False Alarm,” “I Feel It Coming,” and “Party Monster.” Listen to the album here

Record Store Day 2016 announces release list

Record Store Day will return on April 16th. The list of releases available at independent record stores exclusively that day was announced today. Find the full list here for the U.S. and here for the UK. Artists like David Bowie, Run the Jewels, the Weeknd, Outkast, J Dilla, Mac DeMarco, Bob Dylan, Chvrches, the Flaming Lips, Jay Reatard, the Shaggs, Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Best Coast, Jason Molina, and many more are included. Here are a few of the highlights of what is coming out:

  • David Bowie reissues of “TVC 15” and “The Man Who Sold the World” on picture disc, and the 50th anniversary release of his singles, I Dig Everything – The Pye Years 1966 
  • A 16-track album of Mac DeMarco demos, Another (Demo) One, which were in his bedroom
  • Unheard songs by the Shaggs on a 7″, “Sweet Maria” b/w “The Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song)”
  • J Dilla’s long-lost vocal album The Diary
  • Big Star’s reunion show Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93, on double-LP
  • Patti Smith’s Horses Live Electric Lady Studios, a live version of the classic album, recorded last year in the same studio
  • The Weeknd’s The Hills Remixes, which features Eminem and Nicki Minaj
  • Run the Jewels’ own virtual reality viewer (for watching their “Crown” VR video, which is coming soon)
  • Metz and Mission of Burma cover one another on “Good Not Great” b/w “Get Off,” available on starburst 7″
  • Florence + the Machine’s “Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” which has studio and demo versions of “Delilah” alongside the Neil Young cover
  • Outkast’s “Elevators (Me & You),” reissued as a “glow-in-the-dark alien vinyl” for the 20th anniversary of ATLiens
  • The Feelies’ Uncovered, which features covers of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Doors, Patti Smith, and more
  • Fleetwood Mac’s (Alternative) Tusk, that features the alternative version of the album on double-LP
  • A 7″ including new songs from Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval
  • Best Coast’s “Late 20s” b/w “Bigger Man” 7″, including two previously unreleased B-sides
  • Chvrches’ Every Open Eye Remix EP, including takes on the song by Four Tet and others
  • Low/S. Carey’s 10″ single “Not a Word” b/w “I Won’t Let You,” including two exclusive seven-minute collaborations
  • The Flaming Lips’ alternate mix for Cloud Tastes Metallic, which also includes an accompanying comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne, and an 8xLP albums boxset called Heady Nuggs Vol.II Studio Albums 2006 – 2012
  • Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions 10th anniversary reissue on red vinyl, with a bonus demos 7″
  • A Bob Dylan EP called Melancholy Mood backed by four tracks from his upcoming Fallen Angels album
  • Husker Du’s “In A Free Land” with the long out-of-print 1982 single to 7″
  • A 7″ featuring Townes Van Zandt covers by the late Jason Molina
  • Death Cab for Cutie’s “Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun,” two live tracks that also includes a Guided by Voices cover
  • The Runaways’ single “Right Now/Black Leather” reissued on cherry-red vinyl
  • Lush’s five album reissues in the Origami boxset
  • New York performances by Sun Ra and His Arkestra, recorded in 1966 and ’68, on colored vinyl
  • Foals’ “Rain” 7″ backed by a cover of Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker’s “Daffodils”

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Aurora – Foo Fighters

2. Under the Cover of Darkness – The Strokes

3. Often – The Weeknd

4. Every Other Freckle – Alt-J

5. Blame It On Me – George Ezra

6. Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy

7. Car Radio – Twenty One Pilots

8. Better Man – Leon Bridges

9. Funtimes in Babylon – Father John Misty

10. Black Mambo – Glass Animals

11. Let It Carry You – José González

12. On the Road – Houndmouth

13. Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

14. 10,000 Emerald Pools – BØRNS

15. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

16. Smother – Daughter

17. Anna Sun – Walk the Moon

18. Love Like Ghosts – Lord Huron

19. Make Your Mind Up – Moon Taxi

20. Can’t Deny My Love – Brandon Flowers

Stream Disclosure’s new album Caracel

Disclosure released their highly-anticipated album, Caracel, today via PMR/Island Records. Spotify users can stream it in full here. It is also available through Apple Music

The follow-up to Settle in 2013 marks the duo’s second full-length to date. Like its predecessor, the effort features songs written by Jimmy Napes and boasts a hefty amount of collaborators: Lorde, The Weeknd, Miguel, Kwabs, and Gregory Porter, and others. It also features the Lawrence brothers and Sam Smith reuniting after the breakout hit “Latch.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Disclosure talked about their approach for their second album. “There’s not any really club music on this one,” Guy said. “It’s all very club-influenced, because of the beats, but every song is like ‘Latch’ or ‘White Noise’ — a fully structured pop song.” Howard added, “The songwriting is the most important thing for us. I feel a lot of dance acts lack the cohesiveness that we can get.”

Order the album here.


01. Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd)

02. Omen (feat. Sam Smith)

03. Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)

04. Hourglass (feat. Lion Babe)

05. Willing & Able (feat. Kwabs)

06. Magnets (feat. Lorde)

07. Jaded

08. Good Intentions (feat. Miguel)

09. Superego (feat. Nao)

10. Echoes

11. Masterpiece (feat. Jordan Rakei)

12. Molecules

13. Moving Mountains (feat. Brendan Reilly)

14. Bang That

15. Afterthought

Stream The Weeknd’s 18 minute sampler of Beauty Behind the Madness

On the same day his Lana Del Rey collaboration came out, the Weeknd has released an 18-minute preview of his upcoming album, Beauty Behind The Madness, which is set to be released next Friday. After Foals released a album sampler earlier this week, this might be a new trend. Listen here.

Beauty Behind the Madness is due out on August 28th through XO/Republic. 

The Weeknd announces new album, Beauty Behind the Madness

Everyone knows that the Weeknd has been working on a new album, however, no one expected it to be going to the shelves this soon. According to numerous overseas iTunes pre-order pages, Beauty Behind the Madness is planned to be released on August 28th through XO/Republic Records.

Abel Tesfaye showed the album title and artwork via a tweet not long after the pre-order pages went live. The follw-up to 2013’s Kiss Land, has 14 tracks  including the singles, “Often,” “The Hills,” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” which debuted last month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Check out a one of iTunes pre-order pages below. For now, iTunes in the United States is not offering the pre-order.


Coachella’s 2015 line-up has been announced

The 2015 Coachella line-up has been revealed including headliners such as Jack White, Drake, and AC/DC, as well as sub-headliners such as Florence & the Machine, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Ryan Adams, Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Alt-J, Ride, and The Weeknd.

Amongst the other acts are Steely Dan, Alabama Shakes, Lykke Li, Caribou, Ratatat, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Tyler the Creator, Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis, SBTRKT, The War on Drugs, Run the Jewels, Swans, Toro y Moi, Panda Bear, FKA twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Desparecidos, Built to Spill, Action Bronson, Jamie xx, Perfume Genius, Mac DeMarco, Eagulls, Angel Olsen, Vic Mensa, Todd Terje, Squarepusher, The Orwells, The Cribs, Brand New, Antemasque, Marina and the Diamonds, Haerts, St. Lucia, and Parquet Courts.

The California-based music festival will take place between the weekends of April 12th – 14th and April 17th – 19th. Tickets will go on-sale tomorrow (January 7th).